Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner left Sunday night’s loss early with an ankle injury. However, it didn’t appear to be too serious at the time. While he couldn’t put much weight on his ankle Sunday night, the Steelers would diagnose him with a lower leg contusion. But now he is out for Week 14, per head coach Mike Tomlin.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport broke the news on Tuesday.
#Steelers RB James Conner is out this week, coach Mike Tomlin tells reporters. The tests came back and showed it was more serious than their initial read. He now describes it as a sprain, not a contusion.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 4, 2018
Additionally, Tomlin maintains that Conner’s ankle injury isn’t considered serious. It now appears to be an ankle sprain, not a contusion. This season, Conner has 909 yards and 13 total scores while averaging 4.5 yards per carry.
Pittsburgh (7-4-1) will look to run the ball against the Oakland Raiders with Stevan Ridley, Jaylen Samuels and Trey Edmunds seeing playing time on Sunday. With two consecutive losses, the Steelers are now 7-4-1. Now they have to worry about the Baltimore Ravens (7-5), who have won three in a row.