James Conner suffered a sprained left ankle be troubled precise thru the first half of the Steelers‘ 26-16 get over the Giants on Monday night time, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Schefter added that the Steelers are optimistic for a properly timed return for Conner, who overlooked six video games final season which implies that of be troubled.
Conner gained nine yards on six carries and caught two passes for eight yards earlier than leaving the game. In Conner’s absence, the Steelers leaned on second three hundred and sixty five days working abet Benny Snell, who rushed for a occupation-high 113 yards on 19 carries. Snell, a 2019 fourth-spherical consume of Kentucky, surpassed Jaylen Samuels as Pittsburgh’s No. 2 working abet on the depth chart following coaching camp.
A 2018 Pro Bowler, Conner — who’s slated to turn into a free agent subsequent offseason — has been hampered by accidents since becoming a member of the Steelers in 2017. After missing the final three video games of his rookie season, Conner has overlooked nine video games which implies that of be troubled over the final two seasons. Conner has confirmed to be a merely participant when wholesome, rushing for 1,581 yards and 16 touchdowns on 363 carries for a median of 4.4 yards per elevate. He has also drastically improved as a blocker and as a receiver after before the full lot struggling at every precise thru his rookie season.
No topic Conner’s absence, the Steelers won their season-opener for the first time since 2017. Along with stable outings from Snell and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh got a sterling effort from its defense, a unit that held Giants’ well-known individual working abet Saquon Barkley to factual six yards on 15 carries.