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Diontae Johnson off injury report ahead of Week 18 vs. Browns

The Steelers wide receiver was dealing with a hip injury in Week 18.

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Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson did not practice on Wednesday ahead of Pittsburgh’s Week 18 matchup against the Cleveland Browns. With the Steelers still in the hunt for a playoff berth, Johnson’s absence is significant. He has been dealing with a hip injury.

Diontae Johnson injury updates

Friday, Jan. 6 update — Johnson logged another full practice on Friday and is off the injury report heading into the weekend.

Thursday, Jan. 5 update — Johnson returned to practice and was a full participant Thursday, per Brian Batko.

Wednesday, January 4 update — Johnson did not practice on Wednesday with a hip injury.

Fantasy football advice

Johnson is the Steelers’ leading receiver this season, with 844 yards under his belt. He caught just two of seven targets last week for 35 yards in the Steelers’ win over the Ravens. Johnson has been second in receiving yards over the past two games, behind TE Pat Freiermuth. If Johnson is out, Freiermuth is an excellent option to start, as is George Pickens. RBs Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren may be looking at more all-purpose yards as well in the event of Johnson’s absence. Updates to come.