November 6, 2011; Pittsburgh,PA, USA: Pittsburgh Steelers tight end David Johnson (85) runs after a pass reception against Baltimore Ravens safeties Ladarius Webb (bottom) and Ed Reed (20) during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE

Pittsburgh Steelers activate David Johnson from PUP list


The Pittsburgh Steelers have had some troubles at the tight end position with the absence of starter Heath Miller and the Lisfranc injury to Matt Spaeth, who was set to start in Miller’s place, but they received some good news today with David Johnson being activated from the physically-unable to perform list.

David Paulson is currently slated as the team’s starter, but Johnson should receive a number of reps if he is healthy enough to contribute, which the removal from the PUP list seems to indicate.

Johnson is an excellent run blocker and splits his time at tight end and fullback, but you can expect him to primarily play tight end in the two tight end sets when the team needs to make up for the loss of Miller and Spaeth.

A duo of Johnson and Paulson is obviously a major drop in talent, but beggers can’t be choosers and the Steelers will need to work with what they have until Miller is able to return to the field.

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