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tony hipchest
08-09-2012, 10:32 PM
i hope people show some respect in this thread (but do not expect it).

by all accounts and reports, he was having a very solid camp at both positions. this probably solidifies will johnson a spot on the roster, who has been doing well in his own right.

GoFor7
08-09-2012, 10:37 PM
Well this sucks. I actually was hoping he'd make the team considering he has the skill set to play both TE and FB.

Guess this means Will Johnson has a chance.

Bayz101
08-09-2012, 10:39 PM
That just leaves an awful feeling in my stomach...

MACH1
08-09-2012, 10:44 PM
That sucks ass I feel bad for the guy.

Lokki
08-09-2012, 11:00 PM
Ouch. I hope that he heals up ok. Never like it when a player has this type of injury.

Hawaii 5-0
08-09-2012, 11:04 PM
really sorry to hear it, DJ was having a strong pre-season up until that point.

here's to wishing him a full and speedy recovery...

Bayz101
08-09-2012, 11:08 PM
Now, Tomlin said "Severe Knee Injury". Did he ever confirm that it was an ACL specifically?

Fire Arians
08-09-2012, 11:11 PM
sucks, i was looking forward to seeing how he improved this year

GoFor7
08-09-2012, 11:15 PM
Now, Tomlin said "Severe Knee Injury". Did he ever confirm that it was an ACL specifically?

Ed Bouchette is the one who put it out that he tore his ACL. Nothing on Steelers' website yet.

Ed Bouchette ‏@EdBouchette

Looks like #Steelers starting FB David Johnson has torn ACL and will miss the season. Undrafted Will Johnson of WVU only other FB on roster.

Steelersfan87
08-10-2012, 12:06 AM
Very unfortunate. It seemed he was ready to play a critical role in Haley's new offense and was working tremendously hard. However, "the standard is the standard", so it's time for Will Johnson, Welsye Saunders, and Leonard Pope to step up.

xbroughneck
08-10-2012, 12:23 AM
Prayers go out to DJ.

Can John Clay block? He layed a pretty good down the field block tonight.

6'1, 248 lbs.....could extend John's NFL career.

Galax Steeler
08-10-2012, 04:08 AM
This news sucks.

Kingmagyar
08-10-2012, 06:45 AM
My heart goes out to DJ. He seems to have gotten stronger and looked real good on that pass play early.

However when he dropped a routine catch against Baltimore last year to kill clock and probably win the game for us and followed that up with a drop on an early drive in Denver that could have at least resulted in a field goal I have wanted him gone, but just not this way.

Wonder if they will get a FB now somewhere?

Steel_Bus_24
08-10-2012, 06:50 AM
For the love of god....enough with the injuries

Steelers>NFL
08-10-2012, 07:08 AM
Sorry to hear about this injury to DJ! Hope he bounces back next season..

jiminpa
08-10-2012, 07:28 AM
Sorry to hear about this injury to DJ! Hope he bounces back next season..
I hope they go find a FB and that David Johnson finds his true calling by next year. As a FB he was part of Arians's master plan to injure any running back to wear a Steelers uniform, and as a tight end he was almost as good as he was at FB. I am truly glad to hear that he worked so hard this year, I am, but he has done the opposing defense's job for them too many times for me to wish him anything other than finding his life's work. It's my opinion, and I was not able to watch last night. I don't wish bad for him, like being picked up by the Purple Crows in the offseason. I just want a real FB at FB.

steelfury02
08-10-2012, 07:54 AM
that's too bad - always a long road to recovery. I wish him the best and hope he fights his way back to any roster.

ebsteelers
08-10-2012, 07:58 AM
brutal, hoping for a speed recovery,

as much as people complain about him, we forget he was a 7th round pick from arkansas state,

for that i tip my cap to still be on the team after all these years, 7th rounders dont exactly hang around that often

jiminpa
08-10-2012, 08:21 AM
brutal, hoping for a speed recovery,

as much as people complain about him, we forget he was a 7th round pick from arkansas state,

for that i tip my cap to still be on the team after all these years, 7th rounders dont exactly hang around that often
I'm sorry, but that is precisely why he was so valuable to Arians. He was horrible. He had a good camp. Great! But hasn't he been in the league too long to be practice squad eligible? He was about the 6th best guy at a roster position that was too deep at 4. I understand that he worked really hard. I love that, but not enough to want him to play for my team just for that. Limas Sweed worked hard too, and I wish he would have learned to catch a flipping football, but he didn't, so he had no position on the team, buh bye. Sorry, but DJ can't catch and he can't block. Yeah, he has at least stopped running away from the guy he was supposed to block, but it still leaves him without any NFL level skills. It's time for him to consider what he actually should be doing with himself. If he works as hard at that as he did at almost being an NFL caliber football player he will be fine.

I'm not heartless. I feel his pain all too well, only without the free college diploma. I'm almost 50 and don't have any clue what I am good at. I hope DJ figures it out much sooner. And as I said, if he puts the same effort into that he will be fine, in fact more than fine, he will do great.

steelfury02
08-10-2012, 08:37 AM
I question his abilities all the time after watching some horrendous drops and missed blocks but IMHO he at least has the skills to be a backup in the NFL. Remember, there is the Steelers standard, and the rest of the league. He has the abilities to make the roster of at least a half a dozen teams. Cardinals, Jets, Browns, Seahawks, Rams, Jaguars could def. use his services, even if it is just as a backup.

El-Gonzo Jackson
08-10-2012, 09:32 AM
Too bad. So who is next? Will Johnson or David Paulsen now look to have better shots at making the 53.

Steel_Bus_24
08-10-2012, 09:42 AM
This isn't going to help Mike getting into camp any sooner

El-Gonzo Jackson
08-10-2012, 10:49 AM
This isn't going to help Mike getting into camp any sooner

Wallace will be in camp before the last preseason game. He knows he doesnt have any options and can use the $2.7 million.

tony hipchest
08-10-2012, 11:04 AM
Ken Torgent ‏@ktorgent
Not really worried about the David Johnson injury. Might force the team to use Will Johnson, who looks good and is more a natural FB



this seems to be a very popular thought amongst insiders. will johnson gave a good interview just last week. sounds natural, capable and hungry as a true h-back. used to play LB, RB and went to WVU as a WR.

LVSteelersfan
08-10-2012, 04:12 PM
Have never been a big Johnson fan. But I hate to see someone go down that way. I honestly think he is very average to bad at FB and terrible at TE. So he has no business making the Steeler squad. The coaching staff seems to like him but I think it is more that he is familiar with the offense and not because he is any good. But I hope he heals up well because I hate to see anyone get injured. I hope the injury bug stays away this year. We have had way too many the past few years.

Watch the Packers closely. Maybe they will cut Kuhn.

Curtain_of_Steel
08-10-2012, 04:22 PM
I dont think any Steeler fans wants to see a Steeler player go down. It to bad, from the sidelines yesterday he look like it got twisted up pretty bad. Hopefully he gets back next year.

Of course the tone of the opening thread was that of tempting people to say something negative, when in fact there really wasn't a reason to even go in that direction.
We aren't talking that POS Flacco here, its our own player. Even the ones soon to be cut, I would prefer them to be able to walk out the door, as opposed to carried out.

MasterOfPuppets
08-10-2012, 04:29 PM
Have never been a big Johnson fan..

:uhh: ... thats what she said ... oh wait..thats not what she said...

LVSteelersfan
08-10-2012, 04:34 PM
:uhh: ... thats what she said ... oh wait..thats not what she said...
:rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:

jiminpa
08-10-2012, 04:38 PM
I dont think any Steeler fans wants to see a Steeler player go down. It to bad, from the sidelines yesterday he look like it got twisted up pretty bad. Hopefully he gets back next year.

Of course the tone of the opening thread was that of tempting people to say something negative, when in fact there really wasn't a reason to even go in that direction.
We aren't talking that POS Flacco here, its our own player. Even the ones soon to be cut, I would prefer them to be able to walk out the door, as opposed to carried out.Agreed. I hope he heals completely.

steve314
08-10-2012, 06:17 PM
:uhh: ... thats what she said ... oh wait..thats not what she said...

Looks like she said "bring on the next Johnson".

tanda10506
08-11-2012, 01:48 AM
He's cost us in some big moments (missed SB block, drop vs Ravens that would have likely sealed the deal) but it still sucks to see a Steeler get such a severe injury. Sounded like he was playing well in camp but unfortunately for him that might be his last game in black and gold.

tony hipchest
08-11-2012, 01:59 AM
He's cost us in some big moments (missed SB block, drop vs Ravens that would have likely sealed the deal) but it still sucks to see a Steeler get such a severe injury. Sounded like he was playing well in camp but unfortunately for him that might be his last game in black and gold.kemo missed a block, ben missed a good read and throw, ike barely missed swatting down a 3rd down completion, mendenhall missed securing the ball, a fg was missed. ARIANS missed green bay giving them the run all day long, keyron fox missed keeping his head on straight, wallace missed converting a 1st down in the final minute etc....

lots of people missed that day. green bay really didnt miss on shit and that was the difference. steelerfans just seem to focus on dj's miss the most cause that was the biggest momentum swinger of the game. had he made that block, he woulda never been the hero, or even receive any accolades. he woulda just been one of many who did their job.

ricardisimo
08-11-2012, 05:35 AM
kemo missed a block, ben missed a good read and throw, ike barely missed swatting down a 3rd down completion, mendenhall missed securing the ball, a fg was missed. ARIANS missed green bay giving them the run all day long, keyron fox missed keeping his head on straight, wallace missed converting a 1st down in the final minute etc....

lots of people missed that day. green bay really didnt miss on shit and that was the difference. steelerfans just seem to focus on dj's miss the most cause that was the biggest momentum swinger of the game. had he made that block, he woulda never been the hero, or even receive any accolades. he woulda just been one of many who did their job.
Don't forget how horrible William Gay was when he missed the easy coverage on Jordy Nelson. Anyone posting here on these boards could have blanketed Nelson, no doubt.

FrancoLambert
08-11-2012, 07:24 AM
All due respect........taken in totality, DJ's career as a Steeler includes many more forgettable moments and misplays than positive contributions.
Play word association, "David Johnson's Big Plays."
What comes to mind?
With this said, I still feel for the guy. Maybe Haley would have been able to get more out of him. We may never know now.

teegre
08-11-2012, 08:41 AM
kemo missed a block, ben missed a good read and throw, ike barely missed swatting down a 3rd down completion, mendenhall missed securing the ball, a fg was missed. ARIANS missed green bay giving them the run all day long, keyron fox missed keeping his head on straight, wallace missed converting a 1st down in the final minute etc....

That final drive started off with poor return, then the Fox penalty, followed by mayhem & confusion, sprinkle in a dash of poor clock management, and baste with some bad pass & catch attempts.  Voila!!!  LOSS.  

How might things have been entirely different, if that kick-off hadn't been returned... setting off a downward spiral.

Plenty of blame to go around.  

It was the antithesis of the XLIII final drive, where everyone looked calmed, and the plays went well (only one penalty).  

truesteelerfan
08-11-2012, 03:28 PM
To try and stay on a positive note - here is an article about how early in camp - both FB's on the roster were pretty much neck and neck towards the starting job - I thought the job was the vets to lose, but maybe - while thin, our FB situation isn't hopeless?

http://www.steelers101.com/2012/07/30/pittsburgh-steelers-fullbacks-david-johnson-versus-will-johnson-a-battle-that-should-last-throughout-training-camp/

GoFor7
08-11-2012, 03:32 PM
David Johnson's injury hurts TE depth more than it does the FB position. I know yinzer nation is excited about a FB, but in all likelihood one will only be used about 10% of the time. I'm sure Will Johnson is more than capable of handling that. I hope he can catch out of the backfield.

Steelersfan87
08-11-2012, 05:38 PM
All due respect........taken in totality, DJ's career as a Steeler includes many more forgettable moments and misplays than positive contributions.
Play word association, "David Johnson's Big Plays."
What comes to mind?
With this said, I still feel for the guy. Maybe Haley would have been able to get more out of him. We may never know now.

I completely disagree. You rarely notice when a fullback makes a great block, like a lineman (say, when he sprang Rashard Mendenhall for the game winner (http://www.nfl.com/videos/pittsburgh-steelers/09000d5d81a7c3bd/RB-Mendenhall-50-yd-run-TD) of the 2010 opener, blocking two men at the same time. Or Mendenhall's 38 yard touchdown against the Saints (http://www.nfl.com/videos/pittsburgh-steelers/09000d5d81bc79db/RB-Mendenhall-38-yd-run-TD) that same year). Positions such as fullback are far more noticeable when they mess up. It's unfair but it's true. The reality is that Johnson was improving all the time and was expected to make a fairly significant leap this year.

tony hipchest
08-11-2012, 06:33 PM
David Johnson's injury hurts TE depth more than it does the FB position. I know yinzer nation is excited about a FB, but in all likelihood one will only be used about 10% of the time. I'm sure Will Johnson is more than capable of handling that. I hope he can catch out of the backfield.he played wr for the WVU mountaneers.

Hawaii 5-0
08-11-2012, 06:53 PM
he played wr for the WVU mountaneers.


he also played some at TE...

jiminpa
08-14-2012, 02:59 PM
I completely disagree. You rarely notice when a fullback makes a great block, like a lineman (say, when he sprang Rashard Mendenhall for the game winner (http://www.nfl.com/videos/pittsburgh-steelers/09000d5d81a7c3bd/RB-Mendenhall-50-yd-run-TD) of the 2010 opener, blocking two men at the same time. Or Mendenhall's 38 yard touchdown against the Saints (http://www.nfl.com/videos/pittsburgh-steelers/09000d5d81bc79db/RB-Mendenhall-38-yd-run-TD) that same year). Positions such as fullback are far more noticeable when they mess up. It's unfair but it's true. The reality is that Johnson was improving all the time and was expected to make a fairly significant leap this year.But I watched him. He got in the way of the running back, or actually jumped out of the way of the tackler more often than he made useful blocks. DJ was as good a hole stuffer as Casey Hampton, but the difference is that Hampton actually plays defense. Up until this year he reached beyond himself to just do the minimum requirements of his job.

Steelersfan87
08-14-2012, 03:50 PM
I watched him too and I disagree with you.

Ravenssuck
08-15-2012, 06:26 PM
I do not wish him ill will, However... I am glad he will NOT be on the Pittsburgh Steelers.

DJ was mediocre at best. many better options out there...

Steeler nation will be PLEASANTLY surprised...

LVSteelersfan
08-16-2012, 12:37 PM
The FBs on the team the past few years have left a lot to be desired. Carey Davis, Frank the Tank, and Johnson hardly inspired faith that the running game was gong to get better. Frank the Tank never should have been used at FB. He was not an FB in college.