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James Conner | Steelers RB

Date of Birth:  05/05/1995
Age:  24
Height  6'1"
Weight:   233
College:  Pittsburgh
Drafted:  2017 | Round 3 | Pick 105
Depth Chart:  Starter

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James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner (shoulder) officially did not practice today.

This is two consecutive missed practices for Conner after leaving last Thursday night’s game with a re-aggravation of his shoulder injury, so it’s looking unlikely that he plays this weekend against the Bengals. We’ll let you know how Conner is listed on the final Week 12 injury report when it’s released tomorrow.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner (shoulder) officially did not practice today.

Conner was not expected to practice to start week after re-aggravating his shoulder injury last Thursday night. Conner would do well to get up to a limited practice tomorrow, but he's probably on the doubtful side of things for Week 12 right now.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner's shoulder injury did not get worse, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

Despite leaving last Thursday's game against the Browns, it sounds like a situation where Conner just couldn't play through the injury after giving it a shot and taking actual in-game contact, and the good news is that it did not get worse. It'll come down to comfort and function for the third-year running back, but we'd say he's probably on the doubtful side of things for Week 12 against the Bengals as he looks to get closer to 100% so it's not a similar occurrence to last week when he was unable to finish the game. We'll track his status throughout the week.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner (shoulder) has officially been ruled out for the rest of tonight.

This isn't a surprise after Conner apparently re-aggravated his AC joint injury early in tonight's game against the Browns. The Steelers are now down Conner and wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster while down 14-0. Before leaving, Conner had five carries for ten yards and one reception for six yards. He'll likely be on a week-to-week situation after this, but perhaps the mini bye will give him time to get the shoulder in a position to play in Week 12.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner (shoulder) is officially questionable to return for the Steelers.

Conner was seen pointing at his injured shoulder earlier in the game, and he's now headed to the locker room to get checked out. Conner appeared to be hanging the right arm a bit, and this obviously isn't a good sign. We'll update you as more information becomes available, but it won't be surprising if Conner is unable to return to tonight's game after previously missing the past two games with the AC joint sprain.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner (shoulder) is expected to play on Thursday night.

The Steelers are not holding a practice today one day after a game, but Conner would have likely been a full participant had Pittsburgh practiced, indicating he'll be ready to go for this week against the Browns. We'll let you know if anything changes, but Conner figures to be active and a big part of the gameplan in a big AFC North matchup for Week 11.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner (shoulder) has been ruled out for Week 10.

This was reportedly going to be the case, and now it's official. Conner is missing his second consecutive game with his AC joint injury, and Jaylen Samuels will lead the Pittsburgh backfield versus the Rams on Sunday.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner (shoulder) is not expected to play in Week 10.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac reports that the third-year running back is not expected to play this Sunday against the Rams. Perhaps Conner can make considerable progress over the next few days and play on Sunday, but it'll likely be Jaylen Samuels again leading Pittsburgh's backfield for the second consecutive game. It's possible Conner is ruled out ahead of the weekend, but we'll let you know how he's officially listed on the final Week 10 injury report when it's released sometime tomorrow.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner (shoulder) was officially limited in today's practice.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin says of Conner's status: "We’re going to let his participation this week be our guide, in terms of his availability." Conner is expected to try to ramp up his practice activity as the week progresses, so hopefully he can get up to a full practice in Friday. Right now, he's probably about 50/50 for Week 10.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner (shoulder) is officially inactive for Week 9.

Conner was listed as doubtful entering today with his AC joint injury, so this was expected. Jaylen Samuels should be set for a heavy workload today against the Colts. Hopefully Conner doesn’t miss much more time past today, and we’ll track his status leading up to Week 10.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner (shoulder) is listed as doubtful for Week 9.

Conner didn't practice this week because of his AC joint injury suffered in Monday's win over the Dolphins, and unfortunately it looks like he'll be out this Sunday against the Colts. With Benny Snell (knee) out, Jaylen Samuels is set for a heavy workload for Pittsburgh. Conner being listed as doubtful instead of out ahead of the weekend, that could indicate he won't miss too much time with the injury, but we'll see.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner (shoulder) did not participate in practice today.

Conner believes he will be a game-time call, but not saying he'll be ready to go clouds his status, and fantasy owners can probably expect him to be listed as questionable on the final injury report tomorrow. Hopefully Conner ends up suiting up, but Jaylen Samuels needs to be picked up in all formats as a potential RB1/RB2, and the duo might even form a more even split if the starter plays at less than 100%.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner is dealing with a shoulder/AC joint injury.

Head coach Mike Tomlin says the team will know more tomorrow and he’s being evaluated, but Conner not immediately getting labeled with a clavicle injury should be seen as a good early sign. Fantasy owners will likely get a definitive answer about the injury sometime tomorrow.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner suffers potential clavicle injury against the Dolphins.

Conner just limped off hanging his arm with what appeared to be a potential stinger, but then it appeared trainers on the sidelines were talking and said "clavicle". Hopefully they were just checking the clavicle, but Conner is headed to the locker room to get checked out. His night is certainly over, and it was a fantastic night; Conner rushed 23 times for 145 yards and a touchdown along with three receptions for five yards. The Pitt product ran with power and craftiness throughout the night, and the Steelers cannot afford to lose him as they look to make a playoff push. More information on Conner should become available in the next 24 hours.

James Conner | Steelers RB

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.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner is not listed on the Steelers’ injury report.

Conner missed practice time with an ankle injury this week, but he’s good to go for a big game against the Ravens on Sunday. Baltimore was just shredded by Nick Chubb for 183 total yards and three touchdowns, so look for them be more determined to stop the run in Week 5. Conner is trending up for the season, but this week, he might be more of a high-end RB2 than RB1.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner (ankle) officially did not practice today.

Conner was able to continue playing last Monday night after hurting his ankle, but perhaps it was the adrenaline that helped him get through. He's missed the last two practices and at least looks to be in some doubt for Week 5 against the Ravens. We expect Conner will end up playing, but hopefully he's able to hit the practice field in some capacity tomorrow ahead of the final injury report for the week being released.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner (knee) was officially a full participant in today's practice.

Conner didn't practice yesterday, but he said he would be playing on Sunday. This full practice confirms he'll be ready to go against the 49ers. Consider Conner more of a low-end RB1 right now until we see how the Steelers offense operates with a full game of Mason Rudolph under center. Pittsburgh might rely more on Conner and the running game with their future Hall of Fame quarterback out of the lineup.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner (knee) officially did not practice today.

Earlier today, Conner said he wasn't sure if he'd practice, but added that he believes he'll be good to go for Sunday against the 49ers. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said he's "not ready to say James Conner will be a full participant in this game," and will let practice determine how much he plays, so it'd be good to see Pittsburgh's starting running back on the practice field tomorrow and Friday. We'll keep you updated on Conner's status the next couple of days.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner says he's "confident" he will play in Week 3.

Conner said on 93.7 The Fan radio that there is nothing serious about his knee injury. This isn't surprising, as—despite the fact that he did not return to yesterday's game—Conner appeared to be moving around and in good spirits on the sideline, and he was reportedly without a limp in the locker room. The Steelers will be relying on Conner more moving forward with Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) done for the season, and he's a prime buy-low candidate for owners that might be panicking after a slow start to the year and an injury to Pittsburgh's starting quarterback.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner (knee) did not return to today's game.

Conner appeared to be in fine spirits on the sidelines, so hopefully this injury isn't too serious. Before leaving, Conner had 11 carries for 33 yards and a touchdown along with three receptions for 12 yards. If Conner is forced to miss more time, Jaylen Samuels will likely be the top waiver wire pickup ahead of Week 3.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner (knee) is officially questionable to return to today's game.

Conner was getting looked at on the sideline and appeared to be stretching his knee out a bit, so hopefully he's able to get back out there. Jaylen Samuels will handle most of the work in the backfield for Pittsburgh with Conner out. We'll update you as more information becomes available on Conner's status.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner says he'll have a similar role to last season.

In an interview that will air on NFL Network's NFL Total Access tonight, Conner said of his workload this season: "I'll have a similar role. I'm healthy, first and foremost, I'm 100 percent healthy now. We'll cross that bridge when we get there. But we got talent in that room. We got Jaylen Samuels who's a tremendous receiver, a talented runner. We got (rookie) Benny Snell. We know the work that he did at Kentucky.  He's a hard-bodied runner, so all those guys will get touches. It'll be fun this year just seeing those other guys being successful." Conner also added that the game plan is different every week and that he and the team haven't talked deeply about his role overall this season, but that he knows he'll "be a big part of it and have a big role." Some concerns popped up when Conner said last month that he thought the running back touches for the Steelers would be "spread out pretty evenly" this year, but that was probably Conner just being a good teammate more than anything. Expect the third-year running back to be a near-workhorse for a team that traditionally likes one running back getting most of the playing time. Conner should be selected in the first two rounds of all fantasy drafts this summer.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner thinks running back touches will be spread out for the Steelers this season.

When asked about the touches in Pittsburgh's backfield, Conner said, "I think it'll be spread out pretty evenly." The third-year running back talked up teammates Jaylen Samuels and Benny Snell, pointing to them as a reason the touches might be split in 2019. However, this could have just been Conner being nice and not wanting to say that he deserves all the touches in the backfield. Conner did say that durability is not an issue for him and that he can handle a heavy workload, and Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin says they're open to him being a workhorse as well as being open to going with more of a committee approach. It'll be interesting to see how many reps Samuels and Snell get with the first-team offense this preseason, as that could be a strong indication of Conner's status as a potential 20+ touch runner this season.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner handles 17 touches in return to the lineup.

Conner rushed 14 times for 64 yards and caught three-of-three targets for 30 yards. He unfortunately couldn't reach 1,000 yards on the season due to the three game he missed, but Conner finishes a breakout campaign with 215 carries for 973 yards (4.5 YPC) and 12 touchdowns, also adding a 55/497/1 line as a receiver. The 23-year-old will be worthy of first-round consideration in all fantasy drafts next summer.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner (ankle) is officially active against the Bengals.

Conner was a full participant in practice all week, but the Steelers wanted to test him pregame to ensure he’s ready to go for their must-win Week 17 matchup. Jaylen Samuels has probably earned more work after performing well while Conner was out the last three games, but Conner could immediately be a workhorse-type runner for the Steelers in his return. Conner is a clear RB1 in fantasy championships.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner (ankle) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday.

Conner was a full participant in practice again today, making it three straight days of full participation for the second-year running back. We expect he'll be good to for in a must-win Week 17 matchup against the Bengals, so you should be able to insert him into fantasy championship lineups. However, you should try to have a backup plan from the later games (the Steelers play at 4:25 PM ET) in case Conner unexpectedly sits out again.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner (ankle) officially remains a full participant in practice.

Two straight full practices for Conner indicates he should definitely be ready to go for this Sunday against the Bengals. Expect to get Conner back as a strong option in fantasy lineups with titles on the line, but Jaylen Samuels has earned more work after he played well in Conner's absence. We'll update you if Conner is listed with an injury designation on the final Week 17 injury report, but we expect he might avoid a designation assuming he gets another full practice in tomorrow.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner (ankle) was officially a full participant in today's practice.

This is obviously extremely positive news for the first practice of the week. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin says Conner was "on the upswing" toward the end of last week, and it looks like he has a good chance of returning after missing the last three games with his high-ankle sprain. Another full practice tomorrow would be a great sign for the second-year running back's status leading up to a must-win game this Sunday against the Bengals.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner (ankle) is officially out for Week 16.

Conner didn’t express optimism about being able to play this Sunday against the Saints, and the Steelers went ahead and ruled him out before the weekend. Conner remains week-to-week while dealing with his high-ankle sprain, and Jaylen Samuels will again fill in as the start in his absence. Samuels is a strong fantasy option in fantasy title matchups, even in a tough matchup with New Orleans.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner (ankle) officially remains out of practice.

Conner isn't likely to play this Sunday against the Saints, and there's a chance he's ruled out ahead of the weekend when the final Week 16 injury report is released tomorrow. Expect Jaylen Samuels to again lead Pittsburgh's backfield in fantasy championship weeks.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner (ankle) officially did not practice today.

Conner said today that he won't play if he's not his usual self, so considering he's dealing with a high-ankle sprain (which typically take at least a few weeks to heal), it doesn't sound like we'll see him out there for Week 16. It's still early in the week, though, so perhaps the second-year running back will make some good progress and get out there against the Saints on Sunday. We'll track his status the next two days ahead of the final injury report being released on Friday.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner (ankle) is officially inactive for Week 15.

Conner was downgraded to doubtful yesterday, so this was fully expected. Jaylen Samuels and Stevan Ridley will again lead Pittsburgh’s backfield. Samuels is the preferred fantasy option against the Patriots, but Ridley is a better bet to get into the end zone against his former team. Conner is reportedly expected to return in Week 16, so fantasy owners should have him for the finals.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner (ankle) has been downgraded to doubtful for Week 15.

The Steelers appear to be playing things straight up instead of trying to get an edge over the Patriots by keeping their second-year running back listed as questionable heading into tomorrow. Perhaps Conner will make a strong push to play, but he'll likely be ruled out with Jaylen Samuels and Stevan Ridley leading the backfield for the second straight week. Conner's official Week 15 status will be known by 3:00 PM ET tomorrow.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner (ankle) is officially listed as questionable for Week 15.

Conner was able to log a limited practice today to end the week, which is a positive sign for his status this Sunday against the Patriots. The second-year running back is headed for a game-time decision, so we likely won't know his status until a little before 3:00 PM ET when the actives and inactivates are released for the late-afternoon kickoff. If Conner is active, he'd likely be at less than 100%, but he'd be at least a strong RB2 option for the second week of the fantasy playoffs.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner (ankle) officially did not practice today.

Head coach Mike Tomlin said that Conner had a chance to return for a huge game against the Patriots, but he probably needs to at least get a limited session in on Friday to have a realistic shot. However, Steelers offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner did say Conner could play without practicing. Fantasy owners should expect Jaylen Samuels to get another start with Stevan Ridley handling short-yardage work, but we'll see how the second-year running back is listed when the final Week 15 injury report is released tomorrow.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner (ankle) officially did not practice today.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Conner had a "really impressive week" last week, showing progress from the ankle injury suffered in Week 13. It sounds like he'll be back this regular season, but his status remains up in the air for Sunday's big matchup against the Patriots. We'll see if Conner can get on the practice field in a limited capacity tomorrow.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner (ankle) is out for Week 14.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Conner's injury is more significant than originally thought, saying that it's an ankle sprain and not just a contusion. It sounds like it might be a high-ankle sprain for Conner, which many have speculated is what it looked like on Sunday night. Rookie Jaylen Samuels is now set to lead Pittsburgh's backfield and immediately enters the RB2 mix for the first week of the fantasy playoffs as the Steelers face the Raiders, but veteran Stevan Ridley might also cut into the workload and could take goal-line touches. Trey Edmunds, just called up from the practice squad, is also someone to watch in what could become a committee backfield. Conner should be considered week-to-week for now, but hopefully he's able to return by the end of the regular season; a high-ankle sprain might mean he's not back to 100% until the postseason.

James Conner | Steelers RB

Steelers head coach Mike Tonkin said that James Conner suffered a lower leg contusion in Week 13.

The injury forced Conner to limp to the locker room and not return, but it didn’t look to be an overly serious issue. Perhaps the Pitt product will miss time, but if it comes down to pain tolerance, fantasy owners might have him out there for Week 14 against the Raiders. We’ll keep you updated, but Jaylen Samuels is worth a pickup in all leagues for now.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner did not return to Sunday night’s loss against the Chargers.

Conner left the game in the fourth quarter with an apparent lower leg injury and had to be helped into the locker room. Before leaving, he rushed 15 times for 60 yards and two scores while adding three receptions for 14 yards. We should know the severity of Conner’s injury as early as tomorrow, but hopefully it’s nothing that will keep him out for an extended period of time. The Steelers take on the Raiders next Sunday.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner leaves game with apparent ankle injury.

Conner had his ankle/foot area rolled up on during a reception late in the fourth quarter against the Chargers, and he's currently getting helped off the field with a pretty bad limp. Hopefully this injury isn't too serious, but we'll update you as more information becomes available.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner gets 17 touches against the Broncos.

Conner carried 13 times for 53 yards and added four receptions (on four targets) for 42 yards and a fumble lost in the Week 12 loss. The Steelers threw the ball 56 times in the game, so it was good to see Conner still able to get 17 touches. The fumble was one of four Steelers turnovers in the game, and it came on a 23-yard catch-and-run where Conner basically just lost control of the ball while trying to gain more yardage. Conner has hit a mini wall these last two weeks, but hopefully the Steelers commit to running the ball behind their great offensive line after going with a pass-happy approach in a turnover-filled loss. Conner remains an RB1 for Week 13 against the Chargers.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner held in check on 15 touches, but Steelers extend their winning streak to six games with comeback against the Jaguars.

Conner rushed nine teams for 25 yards, also adding six receptions (on nine targets) for 24 yards. It was the worst game of the season for the second-year back, as he dropped a would-be game-winning touchdown on the team's final drive, but it unfortunately didn't cost them as Big Ben was able to run it in himself a few plays later. Plus, Conner continued running hard and picking up tough yards while remaining a big factor in the passing game, so he should bounce back in a big way next week against the Broncos. He remains a monster RB1 down the stretch.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner has cleared concussion protocol.

Mike Tomlin basically said yesterday that this was going to happen, and Conner is officially set to play this Sunday against the Jags. Even in a tough matchup, Conner is obviously an excellent RB1 option for Week 11.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner is expected to clear concussion protocol tomorrow.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said he expects the second-year running back to practice tomorrow and put any concerns about his Week 11 status to bed. Conner was officially placed in concussion protocol during last Thursday's blowout win against the Panthers, but it's thankfully not thought to be too serious. There isn't much concern about Conner facing the Jaguars this Sunday, but we'll keep you updated. Le'Veon Bell isn't expected to report by today's 4:00 PM ET deadline to sign his franchise tender, but Conner will remain the starter even if Bell does report.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner is being evaluated for a potential concussion.

Conner has been in and out of the game a bit and even went into the blue medical tent for a bit, but he did re-enter the game. When the Steelers went up by 36 points in the fourth quarter, head coach Mike Tomlin appeared to tell Conner to just go to the locker room. The team is now saying the star running back is being evaluated for a possible concussion. With the game in-hand, Conner's night is certainly over. He had yet another excellent game, rushing 13 times for 65 yards and a touchdown along with one reception for eight yards. If Le'Veon Bell returns to the Steelers this season, he has to do it by next Tuesday, but we expect Conner will remain the team's primary running back regardless of what Bell does—and at the very least he should be for the next two weeks with Bell likely to get a two-week roster exception if he reports.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner dominates on 31 touches as Steelers top the Ravens, 23-16.

Conner rushed 24 times for 107 yards, also adding seven receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown. The second-year back was able to catch a seven-yard touchdown pass over the middle in the first quarter, and he consistently picked up tough yardage the rest of the way against a stingy Baltimore front. At the season's midway point, Conner is on pace for 302 carries for 1,412 yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground and a 76/758/2 line through the air. It's beginning to look more and more likely that Conner remains the clear workhorse for the entire season whether or not Le’Veon Bell returns (and he has a little over a week to do so if he wants to play in 2018), but at worst, the 23-year-old should have two more games as a high-end RB1 for fantasy owners. The Steelers take on the Panthers on Thursday night before a Sunday Night Football clash with the Jaguars.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner dominates in Steelers' Week 8 win.

Conner had 24 carries for 146 yards and two touchdowns along with five receptions for 66 yards against the Browns. Throughout the game, Conner was a beast of a runner and a reliable receiver, showing great vision, speed, acceleration, and the ability to pick up positive yardage after contact—which is what he's done all season. Against Cleveland alone this season, Conner has put up 60 standard fantasy points in two matchups. The second-year running back is the first player in Steelers franchise history with over 100 rushing yards and two touchdowns in three straight games, and he's the first player in the league with such a streak since Chris Johnson in 2009. And through just seven games, Conner already has four games with 100 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. Conner will remain a great RB1 option in Week 9 despite a matchup with a stingy Ravens defense.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner showcases talent again in Week 6 win.

Conner rushed 19 times for 111 yards and two touchdowns, also adding four receptions for 18 yards in the 28-21 victory over the Bengals. Pittsburgh's current workhorse also looked to have a third score on a long run, but the team decided not to challenge it. Still, fantasy owners don't have much to complain about with Conner, who continued to show impressive power and determination as a runner by breaking tackles at an extraordinary rate. There has been talk of Le'Veon Bell returning as the Steelers head into their bye week, but it's clear that Conner will have a role either way, and even if Bell returns, he might have a couple more weeks as the featured back. The Pitt product should be an elite RB1 in Week 8 against the Browns.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner goes off in Steelers' win.

The Steelers came into the game wanting to commit to Conner, and they did just that by giving him the ball early and often in the win over the Falcons. Conner had 21 carries for 110 yards and two touchdowns along with four receptions for 75 yards. The second-year running back is simply playing great as both a runner and a receiver right now, and he remains an RB1 for Week 6 against the Bengals.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner bottled up on 12 touches as Steelers fall to the Ravens on Sunday Night Football.

Conner rushed nine times for 19 yards, also adding three receptions for 25 yards and catching a two-point conversion. Baltimore's front is obviously tough to run on, but Pittsburgh probably made a mistake in airing it out nearly 50 times. Through four weeks, Conner is on pace for 928 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground and 72 receptions for 656 yards through the air. Plus, as the weeks pass, it seems more and more likely that Conner will be the starter for the entire season, so he's a high-floor RB1 until further notice. The Steelers probably need to do a better job establishing a consistent running game in Week 5 against the Falcons.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner handles 20 touches in win over the Bucs.

Conner sued 15 times for 61 yards and caught five passes for 34 yards in a 30-27 victory. The second-year back was bottled up for most of the night, but he finally got going on the ground when Pittsburgh needed it, including a 17-yard run to seal the game. With the Le'Veon Bell saga having no end in sight, Conner is fully expected to be the team's workhorse next Sunday night against the Ravens. It will be interesting to see how he fares in a difficult matchup, but Conner is at least a high-end RB2 and likely still an RB1 in all formats.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner gets 13 touches in Steelers' loss.

Conner was victim of a pass-happy approach after the Chiefs jumped to a 21-0 first-quarter lead, as he had just eight rushing attempts in the game. Overall, Conner had eight carries for 17 yards and a touchdown while adding five receptions (on five targets) for 48 yards. We don't expect Le'Veon Bell will return for Week 3, so Conner should remain a great RB1 option against Tampa Bay.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner dominates on 36 touches in Week 1 tie.

Getting the start with Le'Veon Bell still holding out, Conner rushed 31 times for 135 yards and two scores, also adding five receptions for 57 yards. The second-year back lost a fumble, but weather played a factor, and he established himself as a legitimate RB1 and the clear successor to Bell in 2019. It might not be the case in every game, but Conner was the only running back to record a touch, so expect the understudy to be featured for the foreseeable future. Conner is arguably a top-five play in Week 2 against the Chiefs.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner is expected to start for the Steelers in Week 1.

The first official practice of the week was today, and Le'Veon Bell was nowhere to be found. Perhaps the All-Pro Bell will report to the team later today, tomorrow, or Friday, but the offense is clearly ready to move forward with Conner carrying the load versus Cleveland. Unless things take a sudden turn, expect Conner to get a sizable workload in Week 1. He's an RB1/RB2 option to open the year.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner (knee) is being placed on Injured Reserve.

Conner is undergoing knee surgery, but it's not thought to be a serious reconstructive surgery that would keep him out for several months. However, Conner's rookie season is now over. The third-round selection from Pitt had a very good rookie season while mixing in behind Le'Veon Bell, carrying 32 times for 144 yards (4.5 yards per carry). While it'd be a surprise if the Steelers didn't do what they can to keep Le'Veon Bell around, Conner showed he's someone that the Steelers can rely on in his limited action. The 6'2" bruiser has excellent downhill running ability and a bright future in the NFL. If Le'Veon does happen to leave in free agency this offseason, Conner would be at least an RB2 selection in 2018 fantasy drafts.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner is expected to need knee surgery, according to Mike Garafolo.

It doesn't sound like Conner's injury is that serious, but it's apparently serious enough if he's going to need surgery. Garafolo says Conner will be out "at least a few weeks", so there's a chance the rookie's season is over. Fitzgerald Toussaint will step up as the primary backup for Le'Veon Bell for the time being, but hopefully we see Conner again during a Steelers playoff run.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner rushed three times for 13 yards in Week 15.

Conner doesn't need to be owned in redraft leagues with just two weeks go in the regular season. The Steelers play the Texans on Christmas.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner (knee) is doubtful to return against New England.

Don't expect Conner to return today, but it's probably a good sign that he hasn't been ruled out completely. Before leaving, Conner had three carries for 13yards while mixing in behind Le'Veon Bell.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner leaves game with apparent leg injury.

The rookie running back is currently in the medical tent, but hopefully the injury ins't too bad. More information should become available soon.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner gets two carries in Week 14.

Conner gained six yards on his two attempts. He’s just giving Le’Veon Bell breathers right now, so Conner is only a handcuff for now.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner gets three carries against the Bengals.

Conner received a few consecutive plays to himself in relief of Le'Veon Bell, and he picked up 12 yards on his three attempts, including a ten-yard run where he lowered his shoulder for a first down. The rookie is a very good running back, but he's not a fantasy option behind Le'Veon Bell right now.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner gets five carries in Week 11.

Conner gave starter Le'Veon Bell some snaps off in the Thursday night victory over Tennessee, and he gained 12 yards on his five attempts. For fantasy purposes, Conner remains only a handcuff to the All-Pro Bell for now.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner sees one carry in Week 10 win.

It went for 12 yards on a run he bounced to the outside. The rookie is just a handcuff behind Le'Veon Bell.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner gets three carries in Week 7.

The rookie back from Pitt gained 19 yards on his three carries, and he didn't have any targets in the passing game. His long run of ten yards was one where he showed patience and lateral quickness that was almost reminiscent of Le'Veon Bell. Conner is just a handcuff to the All Pro Bell right now.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner rushed twice for 14 yards in Sunday's win against the Chiefs.

Conner is just a top-end handcuff to Le'Veon Bell with very limited standalone value. Pittsburgh hosts Cincinnati in Week 7.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner looks good on limited touches.

Conner rushed four times for 26 yards, but Le'Veon Bell dominated touches for Pittsburgh in the win. The rookie back is just a handcuff at this point, but arguably the best one around. The Steelers will host the Jaguars in Week 5.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner had one carry in Week 2.

It was a nice run, as Conner picked up nine yards on the carry and nearly broke it for more. Le'Veon Bell (27 carries) dominated work in Pittsburgh's backfield, which will be the case all season long. Conner is just a handcuff for now.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner makes regular season NFL debut.

The rookie rushed four times for 11 yards and didn't catch a pass, but the good news is that he was the only running back besides Le'Veon Bell to record a touch. That said, it would likely be a committee approach if Bell misses any games in 2017.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner carries four times for 26 yards in third preseason game.

The Steelers rookie running back was not targeted in the passing game. He surprisingly didn't get much work in the game, which could have something to do with head coach Mike Tomlin noting his unhappiness with Conner's special teams play earlier in the week. Conner still might be the Steelers' primary backup behind Le'Veon Bell this year.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner plays well in NFL preseason debut.

The rookie out of Pitt, who sat in Week 1 of the preseason as he was returning from a shoulder sprain, carried 20 times for 98 yards against the Falcons. He also added a three-yard reception. Conner showed his ability to run downhill, while also showing that he has underrated quickness and lateral ability. Fitzgerald Toussaint is currently starting with Le'Veon Bell holding out, but Conner might be able to work his way into the number two role behind Bell if he keeps it up. With Bell and the Steelers in a seemingly shaky relationship, Conner could potentially be the future in the Steelers' backfield.

James Conner | Steelers RB

James Conner returned to Steelers practice today.

Conner missed nine days with an AC joint sprain, but the rookie is back in action. He was limited in practice, but he should work his way back to being a full participant relatively soon. Conner will probably sit out the Steelers' first preseason game, though.

James Conner | Steelers RB

Head coach Mike Tomlin said James Conner has a sprained AC joint.

Tomlin said it "appears to be minor - days," but the Steelers are already without Le'Veon Bell as he holds out of training camp. Conner will be fine, but the team could hold him out of the first preseason game next week just to be safe. There is no reason to expect Bell won't be back for the regular season, but Conner will be an elite handcuff in 2017.

James Conner | Steelers RB

Staying put: Pitt running back James Conner is selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 105th pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Conner is a very physical runner with great size and strength. He rushed for 1,092 yards and 16 touchdowns on 216 carries in his final season at Pitt. Most impressive and inspiring is that Conner battled and beat cancer. As a true sophomore, Conner had a monster season 1,765 yards and 26 touchdowns on the ground, winning ACC Player of the Year. As a junior, he sustained a knee injury and missed basically the entire season. Then after his battle with cancer he worked hard to get back to work, rush for 1,000 yards, and become a third round pick in the draft. Conner will stay right in Pittsburgh and backup Le'Veon Bell with the Steelers. It's good to see both Conner and Texas running back D'Onta Foreman, who also went through tough times, both get put in ideal situations on Day 2 of the draft.

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