The Pittsburgh Steelers wrapped up their preseason against the Detroit Lions.
They won the game, 19-9, giving them a 3-0 record before the regular season.
After the game, Mike Tomlin still did not reveal his choice for starting quarterback in Week 1 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Likewise, he did not press the panic button for two vital players on their roster.
"Mike Tomlin said: 'Look, if this was a regular season game, we might see those guys back in this game.' So there's no long term concern at the moment for either player."
— NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) August 28, 2022
In one of his reports during the Steelers-Lions game, CBS Sports’ Evan Washburn shared Tomlin’s statement, “‘Look, if this was a regular season game, we might see those guys back in this game.’ So there’s no long-term concern at the moment for either player.”
After all, there’s no sense in leaving them on the field for a long stretch if the game does not matter.
Taking Johnson and Watt out of the game is more of a preventive measure to avoid further injuries.
That’s great news for Steelers fans because they are both essential for their campaign.
Johnson exited the game with a shoulder injury after an awkward landing.
Last season, he was a revelation for the Steelers with 1,161 yards and eight touchdowns.
Those numbers were enough for the squad to give him a two-year, $36 million extension.
The former Toledo standout was examined at the team’s medical tent before walking back to the locker room.
Watt Sidelined By Injury
It would be a big blow to the Steelers’ defense if reigning Defensive Player of the Year T.J. Watt missed out on some games.
After all, he leads the team’s pass rush, as proven by his 22.5 sacks last season.
Unfortunately, Watt was sidelined after a cut block from Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson.
The same block will sideline New York Giants defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux after suffering from an MCL sprain.
However, Tomlin said that Watt’s injury is minor in nature and that he will be ready to go in Week 1.