Entering the 2020 season, all signs pointed to James Conner being the bell-cow in Pittsburgh.
On Monday Night Football against the Giants, the fourth-year running back encountered his first hurdle on his road to achieving that goal.
After starting the game and receiving six carries over the first three drives, Conner exited the game with an ankle injury early in the second quarter.
It was announced during the fourth quarter on the ESPN broadcast that Conner is listed as questionable to return. Second-year RB Benny Snell took over in Conner’s while Jaylen Samuels served as his backup.
The sight of Conner missing valuable PT again has to be a major frustration for both the 25-year-old and coach Mike Tomlin. Conner missed six games last season due to various ailments, and was tabbed to be the leader in the Steelers’ young backfield in 2020. He finished the 2019 campaign with 464 rush yards on 116 carries and four touchdowns to go along with 34 receptions for 251 yards and three scores.
The extent of his injury is still unknown but, should it result in him missing extended time, the Steelers could look to Snell to receive the bulk of the carries moving forward.
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