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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.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that Steelers RB James Conner's status for Sunday's game against the Bengals is "up in the air." Conner's shoulder injury reportedly isn't worse than it was after exiting Thursday night's game in Cleveland, and his availability "depends on how he feels." We'll keep a close eye on his practice participation this week. Jaylen Samuels will step back in as Pittsburgh's lead back if Conner can't play Sunday.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster is suffered a knee injury on the same play on which he was concussed in Thursday night's loss to the Browns. His status for this weekend's game against the Bengals is "uncertain," per Schefter. We'll keep tabs on JuJu's status throughout this week.

Steelers WR Diontae Johnson left in the 3rd quarter of Thursday night's game against the Browns after taking a shot to the face mask. The hit drew a penalty and got Cleveland S Damarious Randall ejected. Johnson walked off the field with a lot of assistance and then reportedly went from the blue tent to the locker room on a cart. He likely suffered a concussion. We'll see what the team has to say about Johnson's outlook beyond Week 11.

Update: Johnson has been diagnosed with a concussion.

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster left in the 2nd quarter of Thursday night's game against the Browns after taking 2 helmets to the head following a reception. Smith-Schuster reportedly went right back to the locker room, likely for concussion testing. We'll watch for his status.

Update: Smith-Schuster has been diagnosed with a concussion and is done for the night. It's his 3rd documented concussion. He at least has a few extra days to get cleared before next Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Steelers RB James Conner left Thursday night's game against the Browns with a shoulder injury. He's questionable to return. Conner, of course, missed the previous 2 games with a shoulder injury but returned to full practices this week. We'll see about his status.

Update: Conner has been ruled out. Pittsburgh is back down to RBs Jaylen Samuels, Trey Edmunds and Tony Brooks-James.

Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) put in a full week of practice and isn't listed on the final injury report. He'll return for Thursday night's game against a Browns defense that's been gashed for 5.4 yards per carry by RBs over the last 5 games.

The Steelers are expecting to get RB James Conner (shoulder) back for Thursday night's game against the Browns, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac. RB Jaylen Samuels has mustered just 1.8 yards per carry over the past 2 weeks, so Conner should step right back in as Pittsburgh's lead ball-carrier. He'll be an upside fantasy play vs. a Cleveland defense that's coughed up 5.4 yards per carry to RBs over its last 5 games.

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (foot) is active for today’s game against the Rams. He was added to the injury report on Friday, but we haven't heard anything about JuJu being limited in this one.

ESPN's Dianna Russini hears that Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (foot) is expected to play against the Rams later today. He popped up on the injury report on Friday and is listed as questionable. We won't get his official game-time status until 3 pm ET, but it sounds like JuJu is safe to keep in Week 10 fantasy lineups.

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (foot) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Rams. He was added to the injury report on Friday and limited in practice. JuJu dealt with a toe injury earlier this season, although it's unclear if this is at all related. We'll look for updates on his status. Steelers-Rams doesn't kick off until 4:25 pm ET on Sunday.

Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) is out for this weekend's game against the Rams. He put in a limited practice on Wednesday but was sidelined on Thursday and Friday, so it looks like he suffered a setback. RB Trey Edmunds (ribs) was a full-go on Friday and isn't listed on the final injury report. Edmunds actually out-carried RB Jaylen Samuels 12 to 8 last week -- although Samuels, of course, dominated passing-down work with 13 targets.

Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) isn't expected to play against the Rams this weekend, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac. With Conner out last week, RB Jaylen Samuels played 65% of the offensive snaps and handled 8 carries and 13 targets. RB Trey Edmunds tallied a 27% snap rate, 12 carries and 0 targets. Edmunds missed practice on Wednesday with a rib injury, so we'll need to monitor his status.

Steelers insider Dale Lolley says HC Mike Tomlin sounded "optimistic" about RB James Conner's availability for this weekend's game against the Rams during his press conference on Tuesday. Tomlin expects Conner to be limited in practice to start the week. We'll monitor his progress over the next few days.

Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) is inactive for today’s game against the Colts. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported this morning that Conner might also miss Week 10. Jaylen Samuels should dominate backfield work today and is a borderline RB1.

Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) won't play against the Colts today and "also is in jeopardy" of missing next week's game against the Rams, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. RB Benny Snell (knee) is expected to miss Week 10, so Jaylen Samuels might get another game in a feature-back role. We'll track Conner's status this coming week.

Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) didn't practice all week and is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Colts. With RB Benny Snell (knee) also out, RB Jaylen Samuels will be in a feature role. In 3 starts last season, he totaled 223 rushing yards, 12 catches, 105 receiving yards and a score. Samuels is a borderline RB1 vs. a Colts squad sitting 29th in Football Outsiders' run defense rankings.

Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. "It seems more and more likely" that Conner won't play against the Colts this weekend, ESPN's Brooke Pryor writes. With RB Benny Snell also out after knee surgery, RB Jaylen Samuels appears to be in for a feature role. We just updated our projections for the Steelers backfield.

Steelers RB Benny Snell is expected to miss 2-3 weeks after undergoing surgery to trim the meniscus in his injured knee. That means RB Jaylen Samuels will be locked into a feature role against the Colts this Sunday if RB James Conner's shoulder injury keeps him out.

 
 
 

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