12up Logo12up Logo

James Conner Exits Before Final Whistle With Shoulder Injury and Leaves With Arm in Sling

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 13: Running back James Conner #30 of the Pittsburgh Steelers leaving the field with the game ball after win 24-17 over the Los Angeles Chargers at Dignity Health Sports Park on October 13, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
Leon Bennett/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers might have come out on top against the Miami Dolphins, but they might have just lost another starter on offense.

Running back James Conner exited the game late in the fourth quarter with what head coach Mike Tomlin deemed an AC shoulder injury, with further evaluation still coming.

Though there's more examining to be done, the early signs aren't great; Conner left the stadium in a sling.

Conner has struggled this year, as he came into this game averaging just 3.2 yards per carry, but broke out in a big way, rushing for 136 yards and a touchdown in primetime.

Not only is Conner banged up, but powerful rookie running back Benny Snell also had to leave this game early with an injury. Undrafted free agent Trey Edmunds, the brother of fellow Steeler safety Terrell Edmunds and Buffalo Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, will likely be in line for the bulk of the snaps if both Conner and Snell are banged up.

Though we know very little, the conjecture in the postgame was that a Steelers trainer was spotted mouthing "clavicle." Do with that what you will.

The Steelers now face the very real possibility they will have to play against the Indianapolis Colts with a backup quarterback and running back. Even after a win, this is a rough night in the Steel City.