Shark Bites

Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) ruled himself out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. He's been a limited participant in practice lately but seems to be playing it safe after re-injuring the shoulder last time out. Consider him questionable for Week 15. Conner's absence means another game as lead back for Benny Snell this weekend. He tallied 37 carries but just 2 targets over the past 2 games.

Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. He was limited in the final 2 workouts last week before missing the Browns game, so this doesn't tell us a whole lot. We'll get another update on Conner tomorrow.

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) labeled himself "week-to-week." He told reporters that he did some straight-line running on Wednesday but still hasn't resumed cutting yet. He's obviously a long shot to play against the Cardinals this weekend. That keeps James Washington and Diontae Johnson atop the WR depth chart.

Steelers HC Mike Tomlin said RB James Conner (shoulder) "has a chance" to practice on Wednesday but remains questionable for this weekend's game against the Cardinals. Conner put in a pair of limited practices last week but didn't seem close to play vs. the Browns. RB Benny Snell will remain a volume-based fantasy starter if Conner misses Week 14.

Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) is inactive for today’s game against the Browns. Benny Snell should operate as Pittsburgh’s lead back after handling 21 carries in last week's win over the Bengals.

The Steelers list RB James Conner (shoulder) as doubtful for this weekend's game against the Browns. He got in a couple of limited practices this week but evidently isn't quite ready to go yet. Benny Snell should again serve as Pittsburgh's lead back on Sunday after handling 21 carries in last week's win over the Bengals.

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) is out for Sunday’s game against the Browns. He’s cleared the concussion protocol but remains sidelined with the knee injury. James Washington and Diontae Johnson will get another game as Pittsburgh’s top 2 WRs but are just WR4s in fantasy lineups with Devlin Hodges under center.

Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) put in a limited practice on Thursday. It gives him a shot to return for this weekend's game against the Browns. Check back tomorrow for another update.

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster has cleared the concussion protocol but remained sidelined for Wednesday's practice with his knee injury. His availability for this weekend's game against the Browns is up in the air. Check back tomorrow for another update on his status.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Steelers are expected to start QB Devlin Hodges in Week 13 against the Browns. It's the sensible move after HC Mike Tomlin yanked Mason Rudolph last week and Hodges promptly threw a long, game-deciding TD pass to WR James Washington. This still isn't a position we're touching in most fantasy situations. But getting Rudolph out of the way should increase the upside of Pittsburgh's offensive skill guys.

Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) suggested in a Monday radio appearance that he's not expecting to return for this weekend's game against the Browns. "It’ll be a little longer,” Conner said “I’m definitely making progress on it. Getting a lot more strength in there, more stabilization. It’s one of those things that as a player I have to be smart with because if I continue to play without it being stable, then eventually surgery will need to be done. So, I just need to wait till I have enough stabilization and strength and that tendon gets a little bit stronger." Rookie Benny Snell stepped in as Pittsburgh's lead back last week, taking 21 carries for 98 yards. He'll be in the RB2 mix for Week 13 assuming Conner is out again.

Steelers QB Mason Rudolph was benched early in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game in Cincinnati. He completed 8 of 16 passes for just 85 scoreless yards and an INT. QB Devlin Hodges has replaced Rudolph. Pittsburgh's passing game remains a situation best avoided in fantasy lineups.

The Steelers announced Saturday that WR Diontae Johnson has cleared the concussion protocol. That makes him available for Sunday's game against the Bengals. Johnson makes sense in WR3 range for fantasy football lineups.

Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) is out for Sunday's game against the Bengals. Jaylen Samuels will again serve as Pittsburgh's lead back after totaling 22 carries and 20 targets in 2 full games without Conner. He's a RB2 with upside vs. Cincinnati's 29th-ranked RB defense. Benny Snell is set to return from his knee surgery and figures to operate as Pittsburgh's #2 RB this weekend.

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion, knee) is out for Sunday's game against the Bengals. WR Diontae Johnson (concussion) isn't listed on the final injury report and will join WR James Washington in the starting lineup. Consider both of those guys WR3s with some upside vs. a Cincinnati squad that Football Outsiders ranks 31st in pass defense.

Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) won't play against the Bengals on Sunday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That'll again leave Jaylen Samuels as Pittsburgh's lead back. He totaled 22 carries and 20 targets across Weeks 9 and 10 with Conner out and is a RB2 with upside vs. Cincinnati's 29th-ranked RB defense.

Steelers RB Benny Snell (knee) was a full-go in Wednesday's practice. That puts him on track to play against the Bengals this weekend. Snell figures to mix in on early downs alongside Jaylen Samuels -- assuming James Conner is out.

Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (concussion) put in a full practice on Wednesday. He's on track to play against the Bengals this weekend. With JuJu Smith-Schuster expected to miss this one, Johnson and James Washington will serve as Pittsburgh's top 2 WRs.

Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) didn't practice on Wednesday. Consider him worse than 50/50 to play against the Bengals this weekend. His absence would thrust RB Jaylen Samuels back into the lead role in a plus matchup.

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports that Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee, concussion) isn't expected to play against the Bengals on Sunday. Fowler adds that the knee injury isn't serious, so JuJu seemingly has a shot to return for Week 13. We'll see if WR Diontae Johnson is able to clear the concussion protocol before the weekend. James Washington is Pittsburgh's top healthy WR right now.

 
 
 

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