PITTSBURGH — Steelers operating again James Conner will miss his third consecutive recreation with a excessive ankle sprain after the group dominated him out for Sunday’s matchup towards the New Orleans Saints.
The Steelers additionally listed large receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (groin) as questionable for the sport.
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Conner, who made the Professional Bowl with 909 speeding yards and 12 touchdowns in 12 video games, had left doubt about his probabilities earlier within the week.
“I am attempting, man. It is daily,” Conner stated Wednesday. “These excessive ankle sprains are deceiving. I can stroll round nice, not limping round, however after I’m out there on the sector, reducing and stuff, not prepared but. It is a cause why we maintain [three backs] on the group. We have seen Jaylen [Samuels] and [Stevan] Ridley. They’re succesful. I need to go, but when I am not feeling like me, I would not be James Conner and go out there lower than prepared.”
Guard Ramon Foster stated holding out Conner till the playoffs may be finest so as to maintain him recent.
Samuels, a rookie, will make his third consecutive begin in New Orleans, the place Pittsburgh can clinch an AFC North with a win and a Baltimore Ravens loss on the Los Angeles Chargers. Samuels rushed for 142 yards on 19 carries in final weekend’s 17-10 win over the New England Patriots.
Smith-Schuster was restricted in Thursday’s apply and declined remark after Friday’s session, through which he didn’t take part.
Foster stated Smith-Schuster was concerned within the pre-practice walkthrough, and large receiver Antonio Brown stated, “I feel he can be there with us” Sunday.
Smith-Schuster is sixth within the NFL in receiving yards with 1,274 and leads the Steelers in catches with 95. Rookie James Washington, who’s coming off a 65-yard efficiency, could be a candidate to begin and can keep prepared regardless.
“Simply gotta step up and fill the position,” Washington stated. “Staying persistent and sticking to it. … I feel he can be all proper, although.”