The Pittsburgh Steelers have officially placed two players who were injured on Sunday on the injured reserve in starting LT Levi Brown and backup TE David Johnson. Brown’s injury is especially unfortunate for the Steelers, because that means they will have to start second-round bust Mike Adams, who has done nothing to make good on the expectations of him coming out of Ohio State. The Steelers traded a late, conditional draft pick to the Arizona Cardinals for Brown because Adams was so awful, and this injury is definitely a heavy dose of bad luck for the Steelers, who were able to win their first game in Week 6.
Brown was actually injured before the game during pre-game warm-ups with a torn triceps injury, and that’s just about as unlucky as it gets. It isn’t clear which triceps he tore (left or right), as he missed the entire 2012 season with a torn right triceps. Adams is starting again, and Steelers fans can only hope that he doesn’t embarrass himself whilst performing the all-important task of protecting Ben Roethlisberger’s blindside. By the way, Brown never even got onto the field for the Steelers this season.
David Johnson left Sunday’s win over the Jets with a left wrist injury, and it definitely didn’t look good at first glance. However, I certainly didn’t anticipate this being an injury that would send Johnson to the I.R., but that’s the case. It’s sad, too, because Johnson has suffered this season-ending injury whilst playing on a one-year deal.
In order to replenish the roster, the Steelers signed a backup TE in Richard Gordon and promoted CB Isaiah Green from the practice squad.