When the Pittsburgh Steelers take the field for their game against the Los Angeles Rams this Sunday afternoon, the will likely be without one of their best offensive weapons.
Star running back James Conner suffered a shoulder injury in the final minutes of the team’s game against the Miami Dolphins two weeks ago. He missed last week’s win over the Indianapolis Colts with the injury.
After fitting in a few limited practices this week, head coach Mike Tomlin said he was “optimistic” about Conner’s chances of playing this weekend.
However, a report from Pittsburgh insider Gerry Dulac suggests that’s not the case. After another limited practice on Thursday, Dulac revealed Conner is not expected to play this weekend.
BREAKING: RB James Conner (shoulder) not expected to play Sunday against the LA Rams
— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) November 7, 2019
If Conner is unable to go on Sunday, backup Jaylen Samuels will step into the starting role. Quarterback Mason Rudolph targeted Samuels early and often in the team’s game against Indianapolis last weekend.
The running back finished the game with 13 receptions for less than 80 yards. He struggled to find success on the ground, gaining just 10 yards on eight attempts.
Now it looks like he’ll get another chance at the starting role against the Rams.
Pittsburgh and Los Angeles are set for a 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff from Heinz Field.