The Pittsburgh Steelers are battling for their playoff lives this upcoming weekend, as they'll need a victory and loss from the Baltimore Ravens to make the postseason. Even though they don't control their own destiny, the rushing attack could receive a huge boost in the form of James Conner.
Conner has earned himself a trip to the Pro Bowl in his first season as the starting tailback. However, an unfortunate injury to his ankle has kept him out of action for the past three games.
With Conner returning to practice today, it appears his chances of playing this Sunday are certainly increasing. As of right now though, he's still not ready to officially announce himself as active for Week 17.
In just 12 games this season Conner has 909 rushing yards and 13 total touchdowns.
If Pittsburgh doesn't have its top running back against the Cincinnati Bengals, then Jaylen Samuels will continue to replace Conner in the starting lineup.
Samuels is turning himself into quite the offensive weapon for the Steelers. He provides depth in the backfield, but also serves as a receiving option for Ben Roethlisberger to rely on in the red zone.
Expect another update on Conner's playing status later this week, as the Steelers will practice tomorrow and Friday.