Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Conner considered ‘questionable’ in Week 14
The Pittsburgh Steelers are very much alive in the playoff race, and they may have to keep them alive in Week 14 without two of their offensive starters. According to Dale Lolley, JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Conner are considered ‘questionable’ in Week 14.
Tomlin says no clarity yet on Conner or Smith-Schuster. Said both are questionable to play this week against Cardinals. Said he saw both guys in training room Monday. Said Conner has chance to practice Wednesday. #Steelers #dkps
— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) December 3, 2019
Conner has missed four out of the Steelers’ past five games due to a shoulder injury. The third-year running back originally injured the shoulder in Week 8 against the Miami Dolphins.
After sitting out in Weeks 9 and 10, Conner returned to the offense in Week 11 versus the Cleveland Browns. His return was short-lived, though, as he re-injured his shoulder and was forced to make his way to the locker room.
So far this season, Conner has rushed for 390 yards on 102 carries and four touchdowns. On the other hand, he’s also caught 3o passes for a total of 242 yards and another two touchdowns as a receiving threat.
As for Smith-Schuster, the young wide receiver has missed the team’s past two games after sustaining a knee and head injury in Week 11 against the Browns. Smith-Schuster has already cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol while he is still recovering from his knee ailment.
The USC product has hauled in 38 receptions for 524 yards and three touchdowns in his first year without Antonio Brown as his running mate. Between Conner and Smith-Schuster, it appears as if Conner is closer to returning, with him having a chance to practice on Wednesday.
There are still a few days for both of them to make progress, but as of now, Conner and Smith-Schuster’s status for Sunday’s contest with the Arizona Cardinals is up in the air.