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Report: James Conner Downgraded to Out Against Bengals

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Steelers running back James Conner will not play in the team’s Monday night game against the Cincinnati Bengals, after originally being listed as questionable with a quadriceps injury, according to report by Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Conner suffered the injury in the Steelers Week 14 loss at Buffalo on Sunday. He did not practice in the team’s first session this week on Thursday and was limited in practice on Friday and Saturday before receiving his questionable designation.

Second year backup Benny Snell Jr. is expected to start in Conner‘s place. Both he and Jaylon Samuels filled in for Conner against Buffalo.

After missing the Cincinnati game, Conner will have played in just one of the team’s last four games. He missed games against Baltimore and Washington while on the COVID-19 reserve list after testing positive.

When Conner was out in Weeks 12 and 13, the Steelers’ running game fell apart, producing Pittsburgh lowest two game rushing total of the season.

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