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Steelers WR Diontae Johnson Reportedly Underwent Sports Hernia Surgery

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson has underwent surgery for a sports hernia
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson has underwent surgery for a sports hernia | Steven Ryan/Getty Images

The football gods weren't kind to the Steelers in the 2019-20 season, as Pittsburgh lost the likes of Ben Roethlisberger and JuJu Smith-Schuster, among others, for long stretches of time.

Now, their 23-year-old wide receiver Diontae Johnson, who was a rare bright spot for the offense last season, underwent surgery for a sports hernia.

Johnson does not seem discouraged by this minor setback as he took to Instagram to tell the world he will come back even stronger. He posted this last week when it was not yet announced why Johnson was in the hospital, sending Steeler fans into a mini-panic.

Johnson was very productive in his rookie season with the Steelers. He played in all 16 games and was a starter in 12 of them. Johnson finished the season with 59 catches which led all rookie wide receivers, recording 680 yards and five touchdowns.

Not only was Johnson a threat on offense but he was productive on special teams as well. He returned 20 punts last year and averaged an NFL-leading 12.4 yards-per-return. He also took one kick back for a touchdown.

As a sports hernia surgery usually just takes several weeks to heal, Johnson should be healthy and ready to go for the 2020 season. He will be joining Roethlisberger on the gridiron to see if the duo can form some semblance of chemistry.