James Conner Injury Updates | Shark Bites

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 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 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 RBs James Conner and Benny Snell are expected to split carries in today's game against the Broncos, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Conner, of course, struggled early in Week 1 before exiting with an ankle injury. Snell ran for over 100 yards in his absence. HC Mike Tomlin historically prefers to ride a workhorse back, so this could turn into a hot-hand situation. Conner and Snell are both risk/reward Week 2 fantasy plays.

Steelers RB James Conner (ankle) put in full practices on Thursday and Friday and isn't listed on the final Week 2 injury report. So he'll play in this weekend's game against the Broncos. But it's unclear how carries will be divvied after RB Benny Snell played well in Conner's absence in the opener. Pittsburgh will also be without offensive linemen David DeCastro, Stefan Wisniewski and Zach Banner vs. Denver.

Steelers RB James Conner suffered a left ankle injury in the 1st half of Monday night's game against the Giants. He's officially questionable to return. Conner has been on the sidelines since exiting, but it doesn't look like he'll return to this one. RB Benny Snell has run well in Conner's absence. We'll update Conner's status when we learn more.

The Athletic's Ed Bouchette expects the Steelers to go with a committee backfield this season. That'd be a change from what Pittsburgh has usually done under HC Mike Tomlin. But RB James Conner has had trouble staying healthy as lead back. And the Steelers now have depth at the position with Jaylen Samuels, Benny Snell and rookie Anthony McFarland alongside Conner. "The room is crowded, but there really is not a leader of the pack," Bouchette writes. "Conner will get every chance to show he can stay healthy, and they’re likely to cut back on his carries even if he remains injury-free for two reasons: to help save him and to use some of their other backs." Conner remains the best fantasy bet here by a pretty big margin. Just don't expect him to get the RB1-level volume folks who drafted him in the 1st or 2nd round last summer thought they were getting.

Steelers HC Mike Tomlin admitted Tuesday that RB James Conner's (quad) availability for this weekend's game against the Ravens is "very much in question." Conner has seemingly been battling injuries all season. We're not expecting him to suit up on Sunday, leaving Pittsburgh's backfield to Benny Snell, Jaylen Samuels and Kerrith Whyte.

Steelers RB James Conner suffered a thigh injury in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Jets. He's officially questionable to return. We'll update Conner's status when we learn more.

Update: Conner has been ruled out.

Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) put in a full practice on Wednesday. That puts him on track to return for Sunday night's game against the Bills. Conner should slide back in as Pittsburgh's lead back -- although he'll come with elevated risk after lasting just 13 snaps the last time he tried to return from this shoulder injury.

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.

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.

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 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.

Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) did not practice on Wednesday. His injury isn't believed to be serious, but he shouldn't be considered a lock to play against the Colts this weekend. Conner's absence would make Jaylen Samuels a borderline RB1 in a feature role.


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