It\’s no wonder that tight end David Johnson started off training camp on the Active PUP list this year as Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider reports Wednesday via Twitter that Johnson, who tore is ACL in the 2012 preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, underwent another surgery on his knee last Friday.
Wexell reports the recovery time is expected to be two weeks and we can only speculate that the most recent procedure was of the cleanup variety.
Johnson is competing this year for what could be a third tight end spot on the Steelers 53 man should veteran Heath Miller not be fully recovered by the season opener from his knee injury suffered late last season. All of this down time won\’t Johnson\’s chances, however, so he needs to get back on the field pretty soon if at all possible.
Johnson reportedly wasn\’t 100% during the Steelers offseason practices, so perhaps he had some minor irritation that was bothering him. Why it wasn\’t taken care of a few weeks ago we will never know, as perhaps they were just waiting to see how things went between then and the start of training camp.
Being as the Steelers lack numbers at the tight end position with both Miller and Johnson sidelined, they signed undrafted free agent John Rabe to help lighten the load on Matt Spaeth, David Paulson, Jamie McCoy and Peter Tuitupou during practices.