When the Pittsburgh Steelers take the field for their game against the Los Angeles Rams this Sunday afternoon, they will 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. After initially looking like he’d miss perhaps the rest of the season, Conner’s injury turned out to not be as severe as first thought.
However, he missed last week’s win over the Indianapolis Colts with an AC joint issue. 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.
Unfortunately for the Steelers, Conner’s injury will keep him out at least one more week. The star running back has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams.
The #Steelers have ruled RB James Conner (shoulder) out for Sunday’s game. Meanwhile, Juju Smith-Schuster was added to the injury report with a toe. He’s questionable.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 8, 2019
With Conner out, backup Jaylen Samuels steps 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.
Pittsburgh and Los Angeles kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET on FOX.