The Cardinals are signing RB James Conner, according to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer. Conner popped for a big year back in 2018, rushing for 973 yards and 12 scores on 4.5 yards per carry and adding a 55-497-1 receiving line. He hasn't looked like the same guy the past 2 seasons, though, averaging 4.2 yards per carry and 6.8 yards per catch. Conner ranked 33rd in Pro Football Focus' rushing grades among 47 RBs with 100+ carries last year. He turns just 26 next month but has dealt with a bunch of injuries, missing 12 games over the last 3 years. Conner and Chase Edmonds figure to battle for snaps this summer. We'll see if the Cardinals add anything else to the backfield in the draft.
RB James Conner had surgery to repair a "very moderate turf toe-type injury" this offseason, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The injury reportedly happened when Conner was riding in a "recreational vehicle." He's expected to be back to 100% by June, per Rapoport. Conner is still toiling on the free-agent market but is visiting the Cardinals today.
The Steelers have signed RB Kalen Ballage to a 1-year deal, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Ballage lands in a backfield with plenty of opportunity currently available. We'll see, though, whether Pittsburgh adds a RB in the draft. We'd bet on the Steelers doing so, with the big question being how early. Ballage saw surprising touch volume with the Chargers last season, after injuries knocked out Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson. But he averaged only 3.3 yards per rush and 5.0 per reception. If you want to take a shot on Ballage at the very end of best-ball drafts, there's little risk. But we'd hope to see more touches go to Anthony McFarland -- who sure looks like he has a higher ceiling -- than Ballage. Even Benny Snell would probably still be a better bet for carries on the current depth chart.
Steelers HC Mike Tomlin announced on Tuesday that QB Mason Rudolph will start this weekend's finale vs. the Browns. Pittsburgh can't fall past the #3 seed and can only climb to #2 if the Bills lose at home to the Dolphins. So QB Ben Roethlisberger, whose arm has looked tired lately, will get the week off. Tomlin said "the vast majority of guys will be playing" vs. Cleveland, but we wouldn't be surprised if guys like James Conner, Diontae Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster at least had their snaps limited.
Steelers RB James Conner is returning from his quad injury for today's game vs. the Colts, but it sounds like Benny Snell might remain the lead back. "The overall arrow of the trajectory of his play has been an upward one, and he has merited more playing time, and he'll get more playing time because of it," HC Mike Tomlin said this week. Conner has fallen short of 3.2 yards per carry in 4 of his last 5, while Snell has fared pretty well in a few starts in place of Conner. This is a backfield to try to avoid in Week 16 fantasy lineups, but Snell looks like the better bet of the 2.
Steelers RB James Conner (quad) doesn't appear on the final injury report. That returns him to the lineup for a tough matchup with the Colts. Conner hasn't topped 13 carries since Week 8 and could still cede work to Benny Snell this week. We'd prefer to avoid the Pittsburgh backfield, if possible.
Steelers RB James Conner (quad) put in a full practice on Wednesday. He's on track to return for this weekend's game vs. the Colts. Conner figures to re-assume lead duties but has been completely ineffective for over a month now. He's a shaky Week 16 fantasy play.
Steelers RB James Conner (quad) has been downgraded to out for tonight's game against the Bengals. That leaves the backfield to Benny Snell and Jaylen Samuels. Snell totaled 24 carries and 7 targets when Conner missed Weeks 12 and 13 and should lead the way in carries tonight. Samuels has captured a bigger passing-game role lately, though, with 6 catches on 8 targets over the past 2 games. Look for him to play in passing situations vs. Cincinnati.
Steelers RB James Conner (quad) is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Bengals. He got in limited practices on Friday and Saturday. Conner seems on track to play but is just a RB3 or flex option at less than 100% and in a struggling Steelers ground game.
Steelers RB James Conner (quad) returned to a limited practice on Friday. It looks like he'll suit up for Monday night's game vs. the Bengals, but check back tomorrow for another update on his status.
Steelers RB James Conner (quad) did not practice on Thursday. He's at least in some danger of missing Monday night's game vs. the Bengals. Conner's absence would leave lead duties to RB Benny Snell, who totaled 24 carries and 7 targets when Conner missed Weeks 12 and 13.
Steelers RB James Conner is dealing with a quad injury, HC Mike Tomlin said Tuesday. We don't have any details on the severity or Conner's status for Monday night's game vs. the Bengals. We'll keep an eye on his practice participation this week. If Conner is sidelined vs. Cincinnati, Benny Snell would step back in as Pittsburgh's lead back.
Steelers RB James Conner is officially active for tonight’s game against the Bills. He should step back in the lead back, although Pittsburgh has been going so pass-heavy lately that there hasn’t been much fantasy value in the backfield. RB Anthony McFarland is a healthy scratch tonight.
Steelers RB James Conner (COVID) "plans to play" against the Bills on Sunday night, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Conner will return as Pittsburgh's lead back, although the Steelers have hardly been trying to run the ball lately. Conner averaged 11.7 carries and 2.3 targets over his last 3 games.
Steelers RB James Conner is considered "unlikely" to play against Washington on Monday night, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Conner is eligible to come off the COVID list on Monday, but it doesn't sound like he's ready. So it'll be Benny Snell as Pittsburgh's lead back again this week. He turned 19 touches into 93 total yards in last week's win over the Ravens.
Steelers RB James Conner remains on the COVID list and is unlikely to be cleared for Monday night’s game vs. Washington. That’ll again leave Benny Snell as Pittsburgh’s lead back. He racked up 16 carries and 4 targets in last week's win over the Ravens.
The Ravens had no new positive COVID tests on Saturday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, and their game vs. the Steelers is still on for Tuesday night. QB Lamar Jackson, RB J.K. Dobbins and RB Mark Ingram -- along with a host of others -- will miss the game on the Baltimore side. Pittsburgh will be without RB James Conner.
Steelers RB James Conner has tested positive for COVID-19, according to NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala. A 2nd test is coming Sunday, but confirmation there will mean he'll miss Tuesday's game against the Ravens. If Conner doesn't play, then Benny Snell and Anthony McFarland would be in for more work. Make sure you plan to not have Conner in your fantasy football lineups.
This week's Ravens-Steelers game is "tentatively" being moved to Tuesday night, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That's presumably if Baltimore doesn't have any more COVID positives. There still seems to be a decent chance that this game isn't played in Week 12. Even if they play on Tuesday, QB Lamar Jackson, RB J.K. Dobbins and RB Mark Ingram will remain out. Stay tuned.
The NFL has moved this week's Steelers-Ravens game from Thursday night to Sunday afternoon as Baltimore deals with a COVID outbreak. For now, the only impact is a 2-game, rather than 3-game, Thanksgiving slate. We'll continue to keep an eye on the situation in Baltimore. We imagine more COVID positives could push the game out of this week.
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