Good news, everyone! The Pittsburgh Steelers announced running back James Conner, and cornerback Joe Haen will play in Week 3, in San Francisco, against the 49ers.
Haden, who is dealing with a shoulder injury, missed the previous two days of practice before returning on Friday. The cornerback noted that he is “definitely” feeling better over this week. He said, via the team’s official website:
“It bothers me a little bit, it hurts. But you just have to get past that, knowing it’s going to be there. I can still get full range of motion and everything. That is the main thing.”
Conner is dealing with a knee injury. However, for the second straight day, he was a full-go at practice after not practicing on Wednesday. Earlier in the week, Conner noted that he would play in Sunday’s game in San Francisco, despite not practicing at the time.
In related news, the Steelers will be without inside linebacker Vince Williams (hamstring), inside linebacker Anthony Chickilo (foot) and fullback Roosevelt Nix (knee) on Sunday. Tight end Vance McDonald (back), outside linebacker Bud Dupree (ankle) and inside linebacker Mark Barron (not injury related) were a full-go on Friday.
Sunday’s game against the 49ers is a pseudo “ushering in the new era.” The team will start second-year quarterback Mason Rudolph after Ben Roethlisberger’s season-ending elbow injury. The recently acquired Minkah Fitzpatrick (2018 No. 11 overall pick) will also see playing time.
The Steelers are 0-2, while the 49ers are 2-0. Pittsburgh could use all the talent necessary to get their first win of the season; luckily, with Conner and Haden back, they get just that.