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

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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.

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JuJu Smith-Schuster Delivers Pizzas to Steelers Fans

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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is bringing some joy to fans during tough times.

Smith-Schuster spent his Tuesday afternoon delivering pizzas for PizzaHut, and even took the time to snap a pic with a young fan, courtesy of JimStamm22 on Twitter.

A fan favorite, Smith-Schuster is entering his fourth season in Pittsburgh.

After an explosive sophomore season in 2018, Smith-Schuster battled injuries and inconsistent quarterback play that combined for a lackluster 2019.

With the return of franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Smith-Schuster appears primed to deliver more than pizzas this upcoming season.

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Report: Steelers to Hold Training Camp at Team Facility, Not at Saint Vincent College

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It looks like the Steelers will be staying home for training camp this August.

According to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday, the league has informed teams that they must hold training camp at their facilities later this summer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Steelers will now be conducting training camp on the South Side, instead of their traditional summer home of Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, snapping a 54-year streak.

The league still plans for training camp to begin on time, but has made no announcement on changes to the season or whether games will have fans.

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Steelers Honor 2020 Graduates at Heinz Field

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are showing love to the 2020 graduates that had their senior years cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The team honored this year’s graduating class by displaying a congratulatory message on the scoreboard at Heinz Field Friday night.

A few current and former Steelers players also voiced their support on social media, including running back James Conner, defensive end Cam Heyward and retired defensive end Brett Keisel.

“Keep focused, keep chasing your dreams,” Conner said. “I know 2020’s been a wild year, but just stay focused, stay locked in. I know you guys are all going to go and accomplish great things.”

Students across the Pittsburgh area have been forced to finish the school year from home, and have unfortunately had to miss out on some of life’s biggest milestones, such as prom and graduation day.

It’s great to see the Steelers doing their part to make students feel celebrated and recognized.

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