Not only did the Pittsburgh Steelers lose Ben Roethlisberger to a season-ending injury last Sunday, but standout tailback James Conner also went down with an injury of his own.
Conner had an incredible season in 2018 for the Steelers, rushing for 973 yards and 12 touchdowns. His production last year helped the team overcome the absence of Le’Veon Bell.
On Sunday, Conner had 11 carries for 33 yards and a touchdown. During the game against Seattle, he limped off the field due to discomfort in his knee.
Pittsburgh revealed that Conner’s injury shouldn’t result in a long-term absence. However, the former third-round pick’s status for Week 3 is still unclear.
According to NFL Network insider Mike Garafolo, Conner is unsure if he’ll practice on Wednesday, but he’s confident he’ll play on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.
Even if Conner practices in a limited capacity this week, it would bode well for his playing status on Sunday.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 18, 2019
With Roethlisberger out for the year, the Steelers need Conner to take the pressure off Mason Rudolph.
San Francisco has been stout against the run this season, but Pittsburgh’s offense line could open up holes for its star running back.
The Steelers should release a report later this afternoon that details which players participated in practice. We’ll find out then if Conner is trending toward being active this weekend.