Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner is eligible to come off the reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday. However, the 2018 Pro Bowler likely won't play in Monday's game against the Washington Football Team, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Conner, a cancer survivor, tested positive for the coronavirus last week, a day after three other Steelers also returned positive results. It seems like the 25-year-old should be back by their Week 14 contest against the Buffalo Bills, but he just won't be ready to go on Monday.
With Conner out against the Baltimore Ravens, the undefeated Steelers relied on Benny Snell Jr. as the starting running back. The 22-year-old sophomore has a solid game in Conner's absence, going for 60 yards on 16 carries and 33 receiving yards on three catches. If Conner does indeed miss Monday's game as expected, Snell will get another big chance to showcase himself as Pittsburgh looks to improve to 12 straight wins to start the season.
While Conner being sidelined is a blow for the Steelers, they should be fine as long as they don't underestimate an overmatched Washington Football Team. Pittsburgh's defense is allowing the fewest points per game in the NFL, while Washington's offense isn't exactly a juggernaut.
There have been some concerns about Ben Roethlisberger's status for this game, but signs are pointing toward him suiting up.