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Diontae Johnson is OUT for Week 3 Bengals matchup

We break down the news that Diontae Johnson is out for Week 3.

Wide receiver Diontae Johnson #18 of the Pittsburgh Steelers makes a catch against cornerback Trayvon Mullen Jr. #27 of the Las Vegas Raiders in the first half of the game at Heinz Field on September 19, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Friday update: Diontae Johnson is officially out for their matchup with the Bengals this Sunday. Expect James Washington to take his place in the lineup.

Thursday update: Johnson once again sat out practice on Thursday. If he can get in a Friday limited session, he might have a chance to play on Sunday against the Bengals, but for now he is a bit of a long shot.

Wednesday update: Johnson did not take part in Wednesday’s practice, according to the team’s injury report. The receiver still has two days to show he is good to go for Sunday’s showdown against the Bengals. Johnson did no suffer a serious knee injury, but his history with injuries could push the Steelers to be more cautious with the receiver.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson did not suffer a serious injury in Sunday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders, per Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network. But the young wide receiver’s status for Week 3 against the Cincinnati Bengals is to be determined.

Fantasy football implications

Johnson suffered a knee injury late in Sunday’s against the Raiders, which looked serious at the time. The 5-foot-10 wide receiver had to helped off of the field by teammates as the Steelers lost 26-17 in their home opener.

The former Toledo wideout had another solid game against the Raiders’ defense, recording a team-high nine receptions (12 targets) for 105 yards. In Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills, he had five receptions for 36 yards and a touchdown. If Johnson were to miss Sunday’s game, it would open up more targets for JuJu Smith-Schuster, Chase Claypool, and rookie tight end Pat Freiermuth.

But the next wideout to replace Johnson in the starting lineup would be James Washington, who only has two receptions for 10 yards through the first two weeks of the regular season.