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Steelers stars T.J. Watt, Diontae Johnson injured in preseason finale

Aug 28, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt (90) reacts after making a tackle in the backfield for a loss against the Detroit Lions during the first quarter at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt and wide receiver Diontae Johnson left the team’s preseason finale Sunday afternoon with injuries, although neither injury is expected to be serious.

Watt sustained a knee injury and Johnson hurt his shoulder. Both were ruled out for the rest of the game, but they returned from the locker room to stand on the sideline for the second half.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told the CBS broadcast that there was “no long-term concern at the moment” for either player. If it was a regular-season game, Tomlin suggested said players might have been able to return to the field.

Watt tied the NFL record with 22.5 sacks last season on his way to winning NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He signed a four-year contract extension worth more than $112 million before the start of the 2021 campaign.

Johnson led Pittsburgh in all major receiving categories last year collecting 107 receptions for 1,161 yards and eight touchdowns.

–Field Level Media