James Conner Expected To Return As Steelers Starting RB This Week

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The Steelers have won four games in a row and are expected to get starting running back James Conner back for their Week 11 game against the Browns.

Conner has missed the last two games due to a shoulder injury. During that time, the Steelers have struggled running the ball as they only averaged 1.6 yards per carry on Sunday against the Rams and 3.6 yards per carry against the Colts the week before. However, the Steelers defense bailed them out and the team won both games.

Conner has struggled to replicate his breakout campaign from last season. He’s averaging under four yards per carry but stuffed the box score in Week 8 against the Dolphins for 145 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown.

The Pittsburgh tailback is not 100% healthy but expects to be able to manage his pain enough to play this week against the Browns. In a roster move that hints Conner will be active, the Steelers released RB Darrin Hall from their practice squad and added LB Sutton Smith.

Source: Brooke Pryor