PITTSBURGH — Steelers running back Jaylen Warren left Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals with a right leg injury. Warren caught a pass on third down and moved the chains, but came up hobbling after the play and will not return to the game.
Warren tried to test the injury by jogging on the Steelers sideline and was seen consulting with team trainer John Norwig. He was initially announced as questionable to return but was ruled out after the halftime break.
Warren had carved out a substantial role for himself throughout the season, but this is the first real injury that undrafted rookie running back has faced thus far. Najee Harris should carry the load the rest of the way with Warren now out for the rest of the game.
Regardless, Warren’s injury throws a wrench in the Steelers’ plans for a multidimensional, versatile backfield. With a struggling offense that still has yet to fully figure things out, losing Warren is a blow to Kenny Pickett and Matt Canada for their game plan overall.
Harris had 11 carries for 56 yards at the half, and a spectacular touchdown. Warren finished with one catch for nine yards.
Miles Boykin suffered an oblique injury as well. He is also out for the rest of the game.