Mike Tomlin Confirms James Conner Re-Injured His Shoulder Thursday Night and is Questionable

Pittsburgh Steelers v Cleveland Browns
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Mike Tomlin, with his season in the balance, sat James Conner against the Los Angeles Rams, and relied on his defense to hold down the fort. It worked!

But suddenly, four short days later, Tomlin was satisfied enough with Conner's progress to plug him back into the lineup Thursday night against the Browns.

Four days! Stop me if you've heard this one, but Conner's shoulder has been re-injured, and we have no idea whether or not he'll be able to play Sunday against the Bengals.

We're guessing he won't.

That means, as of now, the Steelers will lean heavily on Jaylen Samuels in an attempt to claw their way back into a playoff spot. It also appears rookie back Benny Snell will be able to return for his first action since Week 8 against the Dolphins, which may help, too. Snell's missed three games following a knee procedure to repair damage to his meniscus.

Following up a Pro Bowl performance in replacing the production of Le'Veon Bell, Conner has 390 rushing yards and four TDs in more limited duty this season.