The Pittsburgh Steelers suffered a heartbreaking 33-30 loss to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday and suffered an injury to their backfield as well.
RB James Conner suffered a lower-leg injury during the game that left plenty of Steelers fans nervous.
Fortunately, the early injury report indicates that Conner’s injury may not be as bad as once thought.
Per Ian Rapoport, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said that Conner had a contusion – not an ankle injury – and should be okay moving forward. Tomlin also noted that the degree of swelling that Conner suffers will play a big factor.
On #Steelers RB James Conner: My understanding is the injury is not to his ankle and not considered major at all. Coach Mike Tomlin called it a contusion and it seems like he'll be OK, based on early impressions. How much it swells will be telling.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 3, 2018
Conner rushed for 60 yards and two TDs on the ground while hauling in three receptions for 14 yards through the air.
It has been a breakout second season for Conner, who has been the Steelers’ leading rusher in place of Le’Veon Bell.
He has 909 rushing yards and 12 TDs through 12 games this season, including five games with over 100 rushing yards.