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Saints TE Juwan Johnson returns to game in Week 17 vs. Buccaneers

Saints TE Juwan Johnson is dealing with a shoulder injury in Week 17. Here are the latest updates and fantasy football impact.

Juwan Johnson #83 of the New Orleans Saints runs the ball after a catch during an NFL game against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on December 21, 2023 in Inglewood, California. Photo by Ryan Kang/Getty Images

The New Orleans Saints are taking on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an NFC South divisional matchup in Week 17 of the NFL season. The Saints got out to an early seven-point lead after tight end Juwan Johnson brought in a four-year pass from quarterback Derek Carr. Johnson apparently picked up an injury as he left the field and went right into the locker room with a trainer without his helmet.

Johnson brought in all three of his targets from that opening drive for a total of 19 yards to go along with the touchdown. While he is sidelined, New Orleans will likely rotate Taysom Hill, Forster Moreau, and Jimmy Graham in his spot. Johnson has played in 11 games this season and has brought in 26 of his 44 targets for 238 yards with three touchdowns.

Juwan Johnson injury updates

Update: Johnson has returned to the game. Only time will tell if the shoulder injury is bothering him or if he will be able to play through it without limitation.

Update: Johnson has been listed as questionable to return, and the team says that he is dealing with a shoulder injury.