Steelers injury report: James Conner surprisingly questionable, Ryan Switzer added Friday
James Conner’s status on the week-ending official Pittsburgh Steelers injury report was a surprising one. The running back was listed as having been a limited practice participant and his status for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots was officially marked as questionable.
Conner missed last week’s loss at Oakland after suffering an ankle injury late in the prior week’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. He did not practice at all last week nor Wednesday or Thursday this week.
None of Conner’s teammates on Friday gave any indication they expected him to play Sunday. Throughout the week, Jaylen Samuels and Stevan Ridley discussed their roles in the offense as featured runners, as did offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner on Thursday. Samuels and Ridley handled the running back duties against the Raiders.
Conner was not spotted in the locker room in the 40 minutes it was open to the media after practice Friday.
Another unexpected development on the injury front was Ryan Switzer’s presence on it Friday. The slot receiver and punt/kick returner suffered an ankle injury and is officially characterized as questionable to play Sunday.
If Switzer can’t go, Eli Rogers would make for a logical replacement with a seemingly smooth transition. Rogers was the Steelers’ slot receiver and punt returner for most of the 2016-17 seasons before he suffered a torn ACL during January’s playoff loss to Jacksonville.
While he completed his rehab, Rogers has been on the physically unable to perform list since the day training camp opened. He began practicing Nov. 28 and must be activated by the middle of next week to play this season.
Starting right tackle Marcus Gilbert will miss his eighth consecutive game because of an ankle injury, but safety Sean Davis (knee), linebacker Anthony Chickillo (ankle) and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (ribs) all will play against the Patriots.
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