Report: Steelers RB Conner’s injury not considered ‘major’

Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (30) is attended to by team trainers after being tackled by the Los Angeles Chargers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field on Sunday.Photo Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers RB James Conner sustained a right lower leg contusion in Sunday’s 33-30 setback to the Chargers.

Conner was injured after being tackled following a reception on a screen pass with 5:08 remaining in the fourth quarter. Fellow running back Jaylen Samuels capped the drive with a 10-yard touchdown catch to tie the game at 30.

While Steelers coach Mike Tomlin didn’t provide much detail, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the prognosis is favorable.

“My understanding is the injury is not to his ankle and not considered major at all,” Rapoport tweeted. “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.”

Conner rushed for 60 yards and two touchdowns against the Chargers. The 23-year-old added three receptions for 14 yards for the Steelers (7-4-1), who will visit the Oakland Raiders (2-10) on Sunday (4:25 p.m. ET).

“You never want to see a guy like that go down,” Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown said, per ESPN. “But like we said, every guy in a helmet is upholding the standard, and anyone can be the reason we win.”

Conner has 201 carries for 909 yards and 12 touchdowns in 12 games this season. The 6-foot-1, 233-pound Conner also has 52 receptions for 467 yards and one score.

Samuels, 22, has rushed for 31 yards on 12 carries since being selected by Pittsburgh in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. The 6-foot, 225-pound Samuels also has seven catches for 54 yards and two scores.

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