Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Thursday during his press conference that 4th string quarterback Jerrod Johnson is unlikely to play Saturday night against the Buffalo Bills.
Tomlin said that the Texas A&M product “probably got the short straw this week”, when he was asked about the quarterback rotation that the team plans to use in its preseason tune-up game in Buffalo.
Johnson looked much more comfortable this past Sunday night in the Steelers second preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts as he was 4-for-5 passing for 65 yards in two series worth of work. The quarterback completed two key third down passes in his limited action to wide receiver David Gilreath and rushed for two more first downs on the final drive that resulted in the game winning field goal.
In his first week of preseason action against the Philadelphia Eagles, Johnson was 3-of-6 passing for 93 yards. His lone touchdown pass in the game came on a short dump off to running back Chris Rainey, who took it 57 yards for the score.
While Johnson might not get playing time Sunday night in Buffalo, he figures to get some playing time in the Steelers preseason finale against the Carolina Panthers.