Connect with us

Steelers

Report: Steelers RB James Conner Could Miss Multiple Weeks with Shoulder Injury

Published

on

Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner will not play in the team’s Week 9 game against the Indianapolis Colts, and furthermore, could miss next Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams, as well, according to a report by Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Conner suffered an injury to the AC joint between his shoulder and collarbone late in the Steelers’ Week 8 win over the Miami Dolphins.

Head coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he would permit Conner to participate, even without a full week of practice, but the third-year running back was unable to practice at all this week and was listed as doubtful on the team’s Friday injury report.

Schefter’s report cemented Conner’s absence against the Colts and suggested that he may miss next Sunday’s meeting with the Los Angeles Rams.

Jaylen Samuels will start in Conner’s place on Sunday, with Trey Edmunds serving as his backup thanks to the multi-week knee injury that Benny Snell, Jr. suffered against the Dolphins.

Samuels himself is just returning after missing three weeks after having arthroscopic knee surgery. Each of Pittsburgh’s top three running backs and fullback Roosevelt Nix will have missed at least one game due to injury this season.

Nix was listed as questionable with a knee injury on Friday. It’s not clear if it’s the same knee or the same injury that forced him out of the team’s Week 1 game at New England. The game against the Dolphins on Monday night was Nix’s first game back.

With so many injuries at the position, the Steelers added to their depth on Saturday by promotion rookie Tony Brooks-James from the practice squad. To make room on the roster, they waived veteran receiver Donte Moncrief.

Steelers

Center J.C. Hassenauer Officially Signs with Steelers

Published

on

Center J.C. Hassenauer has officially signed his new one-year deal with the Steelers.

This deal was initially reported last week and confirmed by Hassenauer’s agent, but has now been announced by the Steelers.

An exclusive right free agent, Hassenauer was almost a lock to return to Pittsburgh in 2021. His new deal with the Steelers is worth $780,000.

Hassenauer proved a vital piece along the Steelers’ offensive line a season ago, seeing action in 15 games and making four starts. He was on the field for 23% of the team’s offensive stats, while also appearing on 50 special teams plays.

Prior to Pittsburgh, Hassenauer signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 2018, spending the first seven weeks of the season on their practice squad.

He played for the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football in 2019.

Continue Reading

Steelers

Mic Drop: JuJu Smith-Schuster’s Free Agency is About Business, Not Personal

Published

on

Ever since the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger decided the future Hall of Fame quarterback will return for the 2021 season with a restructured contract, the attention has shifted to free agent wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. On this episode of Mic Drop on Pittsburgh Sports Live, host Mike Asti explains why fans need to learn that not every JuJu take is a personal attack and why it’s best for the Steelers business if the franchise and the 24-year-old receiver part ways.

Continue Reading

Steelers

Steelers Scout Mark Bruener Shares Insight into Unique Draft Process

Published

on

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered many aspects of the NFL landscape, especially the scouting leading up to the NFL Draft, making an already unique, tedious process even more challenging.

Pittsburgh Steelers college scout Mark Bruener joined The Standard, the club’s behind-the-scenes web series, and provided some insight into the past year’s unprecedented scouting process.

The pandemic has presented Bruener with his fair share of challenges, but he has not allowed those circumstances to become excuses.

“My first approach was is I’m not going to make an excuse for the situation that I’m in,” Bruener said. “I’m going to figure out a way to do my job to the best of my ability and know that Kevin (Colbert) is not going to tolerate any excuses. And I needed to get my job done.”

Much like every aspect of our life over the past year, Bruener has had to resort to virtual discussions with coaches, as he was largely barred from scouting and meeting players at facilities.

“The ability for us to make contact with the schools, the individual coaches, all had to be done via Zoom,” Bruener said. “There was no personal interaction that we normally would get. And then you would follow up individually with the coaches to gain the information that you needed.”

Without those in-person evaluations, Bruener has had to watch on film more than ever before to ensure his assessments are accurate.

“But the bulk of my fall was spent in my office, watching film on my computer,” he said. “Instead of just watching three games on an athlete in particular to try to bring the evaluation, I tend to maybe watch five or six games, if that’s available. And because I can’t see that live look in some aspects.”

That being said, the virtually, at-home conditions have granted Bruener more flexibility in his scouting process than ever before.

“If you’re at a school, you have to get to the next school the next day. So you have to make sure that you get all that work done that day,” Bruener said. “Whereas now being home, you’re a little more flexible. So if you’re not able to finish that third game or fourth game by two o’clock, then you can get to it later on that evening.”

Bruener, who resides in Washington state, was able to attend a few games in person last college football season, but admits the atmosphere was bizarre at times.

“I went to a handful of games here in Seattle and in Oregon that I was allowed to attend, but it was so eerie Andy weird because there wasn’t any fans there.”

Selected in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft out of Washington, Bruener played 14 seasons at tight end. He spent the first nine seasons of his career in Pittsburgh, catching 137 passes for 1,197 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Bruener began scouting for the Steelers organization in 2018.

Continue Reading

Steelers Now in Your Mailbox!

Enter your email address to subscribe and get notifications of new posts in your mailbox.

Moon Golf Club

Copyright © 2020 Pittsburgh Sports Now / Steelers Now. In no way affiliated with or endorsed by the Pittsburgh Steelers or NFL.

Steelers Now in your Inbox

Sign up and get all of our posts sent directly to your inbox!

Thank you!

Oops!

Send this to a friend