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Diontae Johnson expected to play in Week 6 vs. Buccaneers

We break down the news that Diontae Johnson has a hip injury. What it means for Week 6 and beyond.

Friday PM Update: Johnson logged a full participation in practice on Friday. He is off the injury report and should play on Sunday.

Thursday update: Johnson was able to practice in full on Thursday and should be ready to go against the Buccaneers on Sunday.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are having a tough season. They have a rookie under center with Kenny Pickett and have another tough matchup this week. They will welcome the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to town this weekend and are pretty banged up. Wide receiver Diontae Johnson is dealing with a hip injury. He wasn’t concerned about it or Sunday, but he makes the injury report nonetheless.

Fantasy football implications

Johnson already saw some targets taper off in Pickett’s first career start last week. He still has weekly upside in an offense that is clearly going to have to pass a lot to stay in games. If he is active and registers a full practice by the end of the week, you should still start him in this game.

If Johnson sits, the next man up will be Pickens. You could argue that the Steelers already have a new number one with how much Pickett has targeted Pickens through a game and a half as the quarterback. He would be the likely candidate to see more targets in Johnson’s absence, with Chase Claypool also seeing a boost in the offense.