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James Conner’s Return from Re-Injured Shoulder Still TBD

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Steelers running back James Conner’s status for this Sunday’s game is still up in the air as he attempts to return once again from an AC Joint sprain.

Conner’s first comeback was stunted, when he tried to return in time for the Steelers’ Thursday night game against the Cleveland Browns, but left in the first half and was unable to return.

“I was ready, I took a chance,” Conner said on his radio show on 93.7-FM on Monday. “I wanted to play, I just needed more time.”

With a weekend off, Conner got more time. Now, the key will be if he’s able to put in a full week of practice leading up to the Steelers’ Week 12 visit to Cincinnati.

Head coach Mike Tomlin allowed Conner to participate against the Browns despite a partial week of practice, but may not be willing to do so again.


“Don’t know what his availability might be this week,” Tomlin said. “Really, practice availability and functionality will be our guide in terms of his participation.”

Conner said that he doesn’t have any idea how much he’ll be able to practice this week or when he might be able to return.

“It’s something I can’t put a timetable on, I just have to do what’s best for my body and the team,” he said.  “I just have to continue to attack the rehab live I’ve been doing. … I wish I did know.”

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