James Conner (quad) is officially questionable to return for the Steelers.
With under four minutes remaining, it’s highly unlikely that Conner returns to tonight’s game against the Chargers. Before leaving, Conner had 16 carries for 41 yards and a touchdown along with seven receptions for 78 yards and another touchdown. After a slow start to the season, Conner has recorded fantasy point totals of 22.5, 11.5, and 27.4 in each of his last three games as Pittsburgh has made him the clear focal point of their offense without Ben Roethlisberger. Conner appeared to be in good spirits on the sideline, and we fully expect he’ll be good to go when the Steelers return from their bye week to play the Dolphins on Monday night in Week 8.
Emmanuel Sanders’ knee injury is not thought to be serious, according got NFL Network’s James Palmer.
Palmer says the knee injury for Sanders “doesn’t appear to be serious at all”, and it sounds like the veteran receiver has a legitimate shot to play in Week 7, even on a short week. This is a bit of a surprise after Sanders was ruled out to start the second half today, but the team was likely just being cautious with a player coming off a torn Achilles less than a year ago. We’ll track Sanders’ status over the next few days.
The Titans have benched Marcus Mariota.
Ryan Tannehill is going into the game for the Titans. While Mike Vrabel is probably looking for some type of spark for his offense, this current offensive performance has clearly not been on Mariota. Tennessee is not running the ball well against Denver, and the quarterback is rarely getting time to throw—and when Mariota has had time to throw, there has not been anyone open down the field. This could (or should) just be a temporary thing, but there’s a chance Mariota doesn’t start again for the Titans despite his success in helping make the franchise a respectable team over the last handful of years.
Amari Cooper (quad) did not return to today’s game.
Cooper missed most of the game against the Jets in the Cowboys’ close two-point loss, and there’s certainly chance this is an injury that forces him to miss more time past today. Before leaving, Cooper caught just one pass for three yards. Also keep in mind that Cooper is in the final season of his rookie contract, so while he’s played through injuries to start this season, he might be a little more hesitant to play through what’s been at least his third different type of injury this year.
Hunter Henry (leg) is officially active for Sunday night.
After missing the last four games with a tibia plateau fracture, Henry is back for the Chargers on the short end of his four-to-six-week timetable. Henry will give the Chargers offense a nice boost for a team that’s dealt with more bad injury luck this season. Henry is immediately a TE1 option for his first game back, and he should be picked up in any leagues he’s still available in.
Emmanuel Sanders (knee) has been ruled out for the rest of today’s game.
It’s unclear when Sanders was hurt, but he’s been ruled out to start the second quarter of the Broncos’ game against the Titans. Being ruled out already obviously isn’t a good sign, and now we just have to hope this isn’t a serious injury that’ll keep the veteran receiver out for an extended period of time. Second-year receiver DaeSean Hamilton will have a bigger role during Sanders’ absence.
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