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Steelers RB James Conner questionable to return

Steelers, James Conner, Browns

In his return from an AC sprain injury, Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner is now questionable to return against the Cleveland Browns. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the tailback suffered the same injury on Thursday night.

Conner previously missed the last two of Pittsburgh’s bouts with the same injury, which he suffered in a win over the Miami Dolphins. He left the divisional matchup with five rushes for 10 yards to his name, while also reeling in a reception for six yards.

Heading into Thursday’s showdown, Conner had 97 rushes for 380 yards and four touchdowns and 29 receptions for 236 yards and a pair of scores on the season. A Pro Bowler in 2018, Conner is the top-tailback in a run-heavy Steelers offense.

In 2018, Conner rushed for 973 yards and 12 touchdowns on 215 carries in 13 games played. He also hauled in 55 receptions for 497 yards and one touchdown. His 13 total touchdowns made moving on from All-Pro Le’Veon Bell easy.

In the two games without Conner, the Steelers averaged 66 yards per. Despite their poor rushing performance in both, they escaped with wins. Before Thursday’s divisional game, Pittsburgh was on a four-game winning streak.

In the wake of Conner’s injury, the Steelers are primed to roll with Jaylen Samuels, Trey Edmunds, and Tony Brooks-James if he does not return. Rookie running back Benny Snell is inactive for the Thursday night game, as he deals with a lingering knee injury.

At the time of injury, Conner’s Steelers were down to the Browns 14-0. The two are duking it out in hopes of catching up to the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North standings.