When the Pittsburgh Steelers were able to cut the lead to just six points late in the fourth quarter, it seemed like they had a real shot to use that momentum to get a stop and mount a game-winning drive. Had that been the case, it would have made sense to pull out all the stops and allow the best players on the team to make magic happen. Unfortunately, Darren Waller and company led the Raiders into field goal range and effectively put the game out of reach, taking a nine-point lead with just 20 seconds left to go.
For whatever reason, though, the Steelers continued to play like they had a chance to win. On the first play of the drive — and ultimately the last play of the game — instead of taking a knee and accepting their fate of a 1-1 record, Ben Roethlisberger slung a pass over the middle to talented wide receiver Diontae Johnson. That's when things went wrong.
Johnson was gripping at his leg and that was the lasting image that fans got of the game, one that basically had already been over prior to that play. Head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed that Johnson would be getting his knee evaluated, so we don't know the severity at this point — as the tweet above mentions, there's some distressed buzz that mentions an ACL injury, though nothing legitimate out there indicates that this is the case — but that's not the main issue here. One quick look at a Twitter search of "Diontae" shows how angry Steelers fans and fantasy football players are at the team for putting Johnson out there at such a meaningless juncture in the matchup.
There's good reason for the anger from both parties, too, seeing as Johnson is an instrumental part of the Pittsburgh offense. Though fellow WRs Chase Claypool and JuJu Smith-Schuster make the corps a relatively deep one, it's No. 18 who quickly seems to have become Roethlisberger's favorite target, making him a darling in both the Steelers and fantasy football Twitter communities.
Also suffering injuries for the Steelers in Week 2 were T.J. Watt (groin) and Tyson Alualu (ankle).