Steelers WR Diontae Johnson underwent sports hernia surgery
Diontae Johnson had a promising rookie campaign with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he finished with a sports hernia. He addressed the issue and prevented it from getting worse by underggoing surgery to sort it out.
The 23-year-old wide receiver is reported to have had a successful procedure and should easily be able to return to the team before the start of the season. However, he didn’t reveal the nature of the surgery he took. All he promised fans was that he’ll be back before training camp starts.
Pro Football Talk’s Charean Williams also detailed the numerous injuries the wideout experienced in his first 16 NFL games so far:
Johnson dealt with a concussion and an illness during his rookie season, the only times he was listed on the Steelers’ injury report. He played all 16 games, starting 12, and saw action on 66 percent of the offensive snaps.
Johnson showed promise during his first year. The third-round selection had 59 receptions for 680 yards and five touchdowns. His first full year promises more outstanding production from him, and his numbers may soon rise once Ben Roethlisberger returns from his elbow injury.
Big Ben himself is in no mood to call it quits. After missing most of the 2019 season, he is adamant that he will be playing the remainder of his contract with the Steelers. If Roethlisberger manages to return to the team without any hiccups, then Steelers can expect much better play from their team in the coming 2020 season.
With the production Johnson showcased, it’s possible that he’ll become one of the Steelers’ top receiving options moving forward.