Stevie Johnson left game with groin injury on Sunday, fantasy owners play wait-and-see

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The Bills were hoping to see a boost in the passing game with E.J. Manuel returning under center, but instead saw the offense sputter and Johnson leave early due to an injury. We break down the fantasy implications.

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson was one of many who could not capitalize versus the Pittsburgh Steelers defense on Sunday.

Amid the team's 23-10 loss, Johnson exited with a groin injury that leaves his Week 11 availability in question. The Bills are already hurting at the wide receiver position with Robert Woods sitting out on Sunday, and would start Marquise Goodwin and T.J. Graham in the event both receivers cannot play next week. With a Week 12 bye on the horizon, the Bills may opt to sit their No. 1 receiver in Week 11 to give him extra time to rest.

Fantasy Spin: Should Johnson suit up, he will not have a welcoming matchup versus Antonio Cromartie and a punishing New York Jets defense, and it is all the more discouraging if Johnson is not 100-percent healthy. Johnson's owners would be wise to monitor the practice reports throughout the week to determine his status.

Before his injury mid-game, Johnson could not get on the same page with E.J. Manuel, who targeted him 10 times, but connected just three times for 48 yards. With only two teams on byes in Week 11, there should be plenty of contingency options for Johnson's fantasy owners at WR3/WR4. Keep him on the bench until further notice.

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