| James Conner unlikely to play Week 16|
High ankle sprain
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Dec 19, 4:00 pm
|James Conner made his first Pro Bowl but don't look for him to play Sunday for the Steelers in New Orleans. That high ankle sprain is going to take more time to heal. (Ed Bouchette on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Conner missed practice on Wednesday and it's looking unlikely that he plays this week against the Saints. That means Jaylen Samuels will once again fill in at running back and be viable RB2 play in Week 16.
| James Conner unlikely to play|
Should be good to go Week 16
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Dec 15, 2:35 pm
|On our NFL GameDay Kickoff show: #Steelers RB James Conner, listed as questionable with an ankle injury, is unlikely to play vs. the #Patriots, source said. He should be good to go Week 16, though. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Conner got in a limited practice Friday but is headed for the inactive list on Sunday against the Patriots. That will give Jaylen Samuels more run as the Steelers lead running back who will likely be limited in rushing attempts but should see 4-7 targets in the passing game. Samuels is a viable RB2 in PPR leagues.
| Conner could play without practice Week 15?|
RB remained out of practice Thursday with ankle injury
By: Doug Orth | Thu Dec 13, 7:25 pm
|With RB James Conner still not practicing, Steelers OC Randy Fichtner said he does not believe Conner needs to practice to play Sunday vs the Patriots: "He's played a LOT." (Aditi Kinkhabwala on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Expect this to go right down to 90 minutes prior to the 4:25 ET kickoff on Sunday. Jaylen Samuels filled in nicely for fantasy owners in PPR leagues last week, but it is clear the Steelers don't trust him to handle a very heavy load in the running game. It's entirely possible Pittsburgh keeps him active and has him share the load with Samuels in what is a highly impactful game to its playoff chances. For now, consider Conner a very risky RB2 option.
|Samuels, Ridley to split time|
Samuels expected to start
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Dec 5, 2:45 pm
|RB Jaylen Samuels said he will start Sunday’s game against the Raiders but that he and Stevan Ridley will split time. Samuels will get a package, then Ridley will go, per Samuels. (Jeremy Fowler on Twtter)|
FFToday's Take: Head coach Mike Tomlin probably doesn't appreciated Samuels leaking the gameplan for his running backs (and/or TE on Yahoo!) but it's good information for fantasy owners. Samuels is a little better in the pass game which makes him a better play than Ridley but both could have value against the lowly Raiders defense.
| James Conner out for Week 14|
Coach admits Conner has a sprained ankle
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Dec 4, 11:20 am
|Mike Tomlin: James Conner injury more significant than thought. He's out this week with an ankle injury. With James Conner out, rookie Jaylen Samuels should be starting RB this week. Mike Tomlin, running back by committee "is our intention" as we sit there. Tomlin on James Conner: "I don't know if you'd describe it as a high ankle sprain, it's an ankle sprain" (Ed Bouchette on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Tomlin originally said that Conner had a contusion and the injury wasn't serious. If you watched the tape, it was pretty clear that Conner suffered a sprained ankle. The fact that he's already been ruled out means its somewhat of a significant injury. It appears the Steelers may use a RBBC with Samuels and Stevan Ridley likely to get the bulk of the work against the Raiders.
| James Conner injury not considered major|
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Dec 3, 10:00 am
|On #Steelers RB James Conner: My understanding is the injury is not to his ankle and not considered major at all. Coach Mike Tomlin called it a contusion and it seems like he'll be OK, based on early impressions. How much it swells will be telling. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: If you watch the video it seems to indicate a sprained ankle so it's safe to wonder if Tomlin is downplaying the injury. We should get more information over the next couple days and Conner will undoubtedly be at the very least limited in practice this week. Jaylen Samuels and Stevan Ridley are next up on the depth chart. The Steelers have a juicy matchup against the Raiders.