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Steelers WR Diontae Johnson admits frustration

He won't be playing tomorrow against the Browns.

The Football Feed

If the Pittsburgh Steelers are to even up their record in the young 2023 NFL season to 1-1, they'll have to do so without the services of wide receiver Diontae Johnson. He departed last week's loss against the San Francisco 49ers with a hamstring injury and did not return; he's been ruled out for tomorrow night's game at home against the Cleveland Browns. 

And it's understandable that he's frustrated.

"It sucks," Johnson said this week. "It's the first game, didn't get to really do what I wanted to do out there, but it's frustrating.

"But at the same time, my teammates keep me up, my little son keeps me up. I can't just be in a bad mood; that's not going to do nothing about the situation. All I can do is just keep being a leader from our group, just coming in with a positive energy or a smile on my face and just keep attacking this rehab."

Johnson, who is expected to miss at least a few weeks of action, said that the play on which the injury occurred was just a fluke play.

"I just put my foot in the ground," Johnson said. "Fluke incident, it just gave out on me. I can't do nothing about that."

This means that Calvin Austin III could be taking on more of a workload in Johnson's absence, and he had nothing but good things to say about it. 

"He's smart, so he knows what he's doing," Johnson said of Austin. "He knows the playbook well, so it's like when he gets out there, it's not like he hasn't seen the formation or the playcall before, haven't heard anything. We've been doing this since training camp, so I'm pretty sure he's going to be real comfortable out there."

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