Johnson, DeCastro, Pouncey hurt, but Watt seems OK

Johnson, DeCastro, Pouncey hurt, but Watt seems OK
(Keith Srakocic)

PITTSBURGH — Diontae Johnson and David DeCastro, both recently having rebounded from injuries, are right back out.

Johnson hurt his lower back on a punt return in the first quarter of the Steelers' 38-29 victory over the Eagles Sunday at Heinz Field, and DeCastro hurt his abdomen in the second quarter. Neither returned to the game, with DeCastro having been ruled out minutes after the initial injury.

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Mike Tomlin, in his postgame injury report, elaborated that Johnson “took a direct blow to the back,” but added he’s expected to be available next Sunday against the Browns. He didn’t sound as optimistic about DeCastro, saying only that he’d be “evaluated further.” Tomlin also cited Maurkice Pouncey among the injured after he was held out of the game’s final series, though Tomlin said he didn’t have enough information on that to comment.

T.J. Watt gave the Steelers an additional scare, missing most of a series in the fourth quarter to an apparent right arm injury. He’d rushed off the field on the previous series, gripping the arm in visible pain. But he returned, finished the game and wasn’t mentioned by Tomlin.

“I just got nicks and bruises, and I think that’s part of the game,” Watt said. “I just went off to the sideline to make sure everything was all right and getting cleared and going back out and playing. That’s part of the game.”

Steelers fans revel experience as Heinz Field filled with just 5,500 people