Posted: 11/22/2019 2:58 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) won't play in Week 12, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Jaylen Samuels will be the main cog in the backfield against the Cincinnati Bengals. View him as a low-end RB2 with Benny Snell taking the scraps as a potential flex candidate.
Posted: 11/21/2019 9:12 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 21.
Huddle Up: It appears like Conner is unlikely to play in Week 12, so Jaylen Samuels is in line for another start. He will have a favorable matchup this week and could be a low-end No. 2 running back or flex option in fantasy leagues.
Posted: 11/20/2019 9:02 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 20.
Huddle Up: Conner probably will not be able to play in the Week 12 game, but fantasy players should check on his status later in the week. Jaylen Samuels probably would receive another start and can be at least a flex option in all leagues because of his favorable matchup.
Posted: 11/18/2019 7:34 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) appears to be in line for a questionable tag for Week 12 against the Cincinnati Bengals. He reportedly did not cause any more damage to his AC joint before leaving the Week 11 game against the Cleveland Browns, but his overall status versus the Bengals is 'up in the air,' according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.
Huddle Up: Pelissero makes it clear the timeline for Conner's return "depends on how he feels." It would not be a surprise if the Steelers hold out Conner for one more week and take their chances at beating the winless Cincinnati Bengals without him in order to have him ready for Week 13 versus the Browns. Jaylen Samuels would be worthy of starting in fantasy in Week 12 if Pittsburgh goes that route.
Posted: 11/15/2019 2:55 am UTC
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) has been ruled out for the remainder of the Week 11 game against the Cleveland Browns after suffering a shoulder injury.
Huddle Up: After his shoulder injury flared up, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Conner miss additional time going forward. Jaylen Samuels would be the back to own in Conner's absence.
Posted: 11/15/2019 2:24 am UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) exited against the Cleveland Browns in Week 11 after injuring his shoulder and is questionable to return.
Huddle Up: It is the same injury that already forced Conner to miss time this season. Jaylen Samuels should step in as the lead back, and if Conner misses any additional time, Samuels can be a volume-based flex option with RB2 upside in PPR formats.
Posted: 11/13/2019 7:03 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 13, and is not on the injury report for Week 11.
Huddle Up: Conner will return to the lineup after missing two games and should receive a majority of the work at running back for the Steelers. He can be a starting option in all fantasy leagues this week.
Posted: 11/12/2019 9:20 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) was a full participant in practice Tuesday, Nov. 12.
Huddle Up: He was listed as a full participant in Monday's estimated report, so this was expected. Still, it's a great sign he'll be ready to assume the bulk of the workload Thursday against the Cleveland Browns following a two-game absence. Conner shredded the Miami Dolphins for 145 yards on the ground prior to getting hurt late in that game, but it was the first time all season he topped 55. With Jaylen Samuels almost certain to steal some work, Conner should be viewed as a high-end RB2 in Week 11.
Posted: 11/11/2019 9:07 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) fully participated in practice Monday, Nov. 11. The Steelers did not hold a practice Monday, so this is an estimation.
Huddle Up: Conner is expected to play this week and should receive most of the carries in the running game. He can be considered at least a No. 2 running back in fantasy leagues.
Posted: 11/11/2019 5:15 pm UTC
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) is tentatively expected to return from a two-game absence and play in Week 11 versus the Cleveland Browns, according to comments made by head coach Mike Tomlin on Monday, Nov. 11.
Huddle Up: The Steelers play on Thursday this week, so owners won't have to wait very long to see if Tomlin's enthusiasm carries over to the field. In two full games as James Conner's replacement, Jaylen Samuels has rushed for 39 yards on 22 carries, so it is safe to say he didn't exactly put heat on him. Of more concern to Conner is Pittsburgh's inability to block well in the running game and a passing game that is doing just enough to get by. Consider Conner an RB2 for now, even in a favorable matchup.