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Steelers activate David Johnson from PUP list

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Steelers tight end/fullback David Johnson has been placed on the active roster and removed from the active/physically unable to perform list, the club said Wednesday morning.

Johnson, who missed the 2012 regular season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, will participate in Wednesday’s practice, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

The return of Johnson bolsters the Steelers’ options at a position weakened by the absence of Heath Miller (knee), who remains on PUP. For now, David Paulson and Johnson are probably the club’s two best options at tight end. Johnson’s blocking is his calling card, which complements Paulson’s strengths as a pass catcher. Moreover, Johnson’s return helps counter the loss of Matt Spaeth to a foot injury earlier this month.

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19 Responses to “Steelers activate David Johnson from PUP list”
  1. blong11588 says: Aug 21, 2013 12:05 PM

    Thank God. Paulson got handled against the Skins so this is huge for them.

  2. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 21, 2013 12:05 PM

    Arthur Brown will look silly trying to cover DJ.

  3. cheffyglenn says: Aug 21, 2013 12:08 PM

    Doesn’t mean he will play though. Or does it?

  4. steeltroll says: Aug 21, 2013 12:16 PM

    Championship.

  5. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 21, 2013 12:17 PM

    6 rings? Yes, 6 rings.

  6. hakunamangata says: Aug 21, 2013 12:19 PM

    crownofthehelmet says: Aug 21, 2013 12:05 PM

    Arthur Brown will look silly trying to cover DJ.

    Yeah it’ll be too easy for him.

  7. sallust99 says: Aug 21, 2013 12:30 PM

    The Steeler hate on every article just makes me laugh.

    I have posted this before, but take a minute to think about it. The Steelers reached the conference championship game (thus, the final two in conference and final four in league every decade the last 5 decades:

    72, 74, 75, 76, 78, 79, 84, 94, 95, 97, 01, 04, 05, 08, and 10.

    As NFL fans I wouls hope everyone here would appreciate how hard that is to do.

    And that is without even considering 8 SBs appearances – 6 Lombardis.

  8. modellforprez says: Aug 21, 2013 12:38 PM

    has to be big news to the team. what do they have 9 running backs and tight ends out injured.

  9. finallythevoiceofreason says: Aug 21, 2013 1:21 PM

    has to be big news to the team. what do they have 9 running backs and tight ends out injured.

    They had 8 out but 3 or 4 are supposed to be back very soon with another 2 being held out for precaution. It is a joke, right?

  10. bobzilla1001 says: Aug 21, 2013 1:25 PM

    sallust99:
    As a Steelers fan, I cherish the franchise’s great history. What concerns me is its future. In terms of proven talent and leadership, the well is nearly dry. In terms of coaching, a 20-13 overall record the past two seasons against the two weakest schedules (2011 and 2012) in the league speaks volumes.
    I’m not enamored with Super Bowls. Those are merely icing on the cake. What concerns me is just being competitive and in the hunt for the playoffs.
    While I don’t pretend to have a crystal ball, my instincts tell me the franchise is about to embark on some unprecedented lean times not seen since the 1980s.

  11. finallythevoiceofreason says: Aug 21, 2013 1:29 PM

    Good post sallust but devil’s advocates will say that it took 40 years to get to the first one. People that say that do not realize the true history of the Steelers. How the team was formed after AJRSR won the franchise fee at the horsetrack based on a tip from Wellington Mara; how they held a newspaper poll to change the name to the Steelers in 1940; how the team had to merge with the Eagles for one year (Steagles) and the Cardinals in another year (Card-Pitts) because of World War II; how they could not afford decent players because of their low payroll; how their coach in the 60s would trade away all of their draft picks. Chuck Noll and Mean Joe Greene changed the entire philosophy in 1969 and 44 years later you have an unbelievable run.

  12. bengalguy says: Aug 21, 2013 1:31 PM

    Old slow team

  13. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 21, 2013 1:57 PM

    bobzilla1001 says:

    my instincts tell me the franchise is about to embark on some unprecedented lean times not seen since the 1980s
    ————————————————-
    My instincts tell me you’ve had the same instincts for the last 20 years.

  14. sbchampsagain says: Aug 21, 2013 2:22 PM

    How will some no-name help us? Heath needs to get back ASAP.

  15. Joemontanaflacco says: Aug 21, 2013 2:49 PM

    I guess they will forgo the second opinion on Johnson. No sense letting an injury heal when the fans are about to jump off a bridge.

  16. dobreshunka says: Aug 22, 2013 1:11 AM

    Hey Finallythevoiceofreason…all true except for one point. Art Rooney Sr paid a lot of his players top dollar during the 40 years they were losing. The Steelers (somewhat unfairly) got the rap for being cheap in the 1980s & 1990s by not paying to keep free agents. With contracts given to Roethlisberger and others however, I doubt few think they’re cheap anymore…just smart, since they’re great at knowing when to let guys walk. With the few exceptions (Woodson, Lake, Kevin Greene…), the Steelers usually make the right call (Franco was done, but that’s maybe the one case where they should have worked out a deal).

    If you read the interview with The Chief in Cope’s Book, “The Game That Was,” you hear him dispell the “cheap” rap. He made Bryon Whizzer White the highest paid player in the league, by a wide margin. Rooney’s problem was that he was too close to both the players and coaches, he loved ‘em all, and took such a hands-off approach to the team that the Steelers fell victim to bad personnel decisions (cutting Unitas) and bad coaching by men who were well past their prime.

  17. richdaddy1231 says: Aug 22, 2013 1:55 AM

    Good I hope he is good to go and I hope he can block…cuz the rest of the oline can’t

  18. clashpoint says: Aug 22, 2013 3:19 AM

    Ah this is more important than stated because the Steelers fullback Johnson had a rib injury last game, and DJ is also the back up at fullback. He is a very versatile player, he can play on the line, or out of the backfield, or go in motion. Don’t throw the ball at him though. Good additon and great to see him getting healthy again :)

  19. sallust99 says: Aug 22, 2013 11:20 AM

    Good posts, but since the first Lombardi was awarded in 1966/67 and the full merger three years later, I would argue anything before that time is not as relevant to league history. I could see an argument being made that post WWII should be the starting point because most football historians consider that the “modern era.” Regardless, the Steelers run since Dan Rooney began calling the shots is second to none and has made the Black and Gold the premier NFL franchise – a standard that has been in place for nearly 50 years!

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