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Steelers RB James Conner Confident for Return to Action on Sunday

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Steelers running back James Conner believes he will play this Sunday, he said on his radio show on 93.7 The Fan on Monday.

Conner left in the second half of the Steelers’ 28-26 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday with a knee injury and the team announced that he was questionable to return, but he did not.

Conner told Steelers Now after the game that he did not have any structural damage to his knee, but he wasn’t sure how long he will be out. Both after the game Sunday and during Monday’s open locker room, Conner did not appear to be in any obvious physical discomfort.

“I don’t think it’s long term,” Conner said on The Fan on Monday. “I’m pretty confident I’ll be out there this coming Sunday. … They said it’s a bruise or contusion, no tear.”

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Conner had 33 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries before leaving the game with the injury. He also caught three passes for 12 yards. He was replaced by second-year running back Jaylen Samuels.

“I tried everything I could to get back in the game but I would be doing the team disservice if I wasn’t able to accelerate,” Conner said.

Conner has a history of knee injuries. He suffered a torn MCL in his junior season at Pitt in 2015 and suffered the same injury as an NFL rookie in 2017.

He broke out for his first Pro Bowl season in 2018, when he replaced Le’Veon Bell as the Steelers primary ballcarrier and recored 973 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground.

The news of Conner’s health will be a welcome one for the Steelers. He was one of five players injured on Sunday. The team announced Monday that starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is out for the season with an elbow injury.

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Steelers GM Kevin Colbert Thinks Ben Roethlisberger Could Be Even Better Post-Surgery

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INDIANAPOLIS — While much of the football world frets about whether Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be able to return to his All-Pro form after season-ending elbow surgery in 2019, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert is wondering about something else.

He’s wondering if Roethlisberger can be even better than he was before the injury.

Colbert feels that the time off from the game and lack of wear and tear over the nine months could be beneficial for Roethlisberger come September, and he also wonders if the injury wasn’t precipitated by a period of less than full performance from Roethlisberger’s right arm.

“He didn’t play a season, so physically, he should be better,” Colbert said while speaking with local reporters at the NFL Combine. “The arm, who knows? His arm might be stronger coming out of the surgery. You never know the extent of an injury. When it happens, it happens, but how long was it bothering him without him evening knowing it?”

The Steelers have not disclosed the nature of the surgical procedure that Roethlisberger underwent in September. Baseball pitchers that undergo Tommy John surgery on their throwing elbow do sometimes see an increase in velocity after the surgery, so Colbert’s idea is not without merit.

He’s also not concerned about the conditioning level of his 37-year old quarterback. Roethlisberger took some criticism in the national media for his apparent level of fitness in a video released by the team over the week of him resuming throwing a football.

“His physical shape is fine,” Colbert said. “I never worry about a player’s physical appearance in the offseason.”

Colbert did not give a specific date for when he feels Roethlisberger will be able to return to the football field and said the Steelers’ focus is on the start of the season and not a particular portion of the offseason workouts.

“We have to make sure that he is there for September,” Colbert said. “I think that’s something that the docs will figure out. Everyone understands that it’s game days that are most important, but of course participating in OTAs or whatever he can will be part of his ability to have a great season.”

Colbert did admit that rust and adjusting to new teammates will be factors for Roethlisberger to overcome, but on the whole, feels positive about his quarterback’s prognosis for 2020.

“I’m encouraged an excited about where he can go.”

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Roethlisberger Receives Positive News on Elbow Recovery

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More positive news on the injury front for Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

According to the Post-Gazette’s Ron Cook, Roethlisberger received a “good report” from his doctor visit on Friday.

He added that he will have full clearance in about two-and-a-half to three months, but that his rehab is progressing well.

The Steelers lit social media ablaze Saturday afternoon, posting a video of Roethlisberger throwing a football for the first time since undergoing elbow surgery five months ago.

Continuing his conversation with Cook, Roethlisberger said “it felt amazing to throw” and that “it was hard to hold the smile in.”

Roethlisberger played just two games in 2019, injuring his elbow in the first half of the Steelers’ Week 2 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

He will be 38 years-old when the Steelers kickoff the 2020 season, the 17th of his career.

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Ben Roethlisberger Resumes Throwing Five Months After Surgery

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has apparently been cleared to resume throwing after undergoing season-ending elbow surgery in 2019.


The team released a video of Roethlisberger throwing in a gym on Saturday, almost exactly five month after his surgery, which took place on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019.

The team has still not released a specific diagnosis or prognosis for Roethlisberger’s right, throwing elbow, but general manager Kevin Colbert has remained steadfast that the team expects h

“He’s a great quarterback that suffered a season-ending injury to his right arm,” Colbert said in a recent meeting with local media. “Optimistically, he’s on schedule to return and we hope he returns to a better Ben Roethlisberger.”

Roethlisberger, 37, played in just two games in 2019, leaving the Steelers’ Week 2 loss to Seattle in the first half. He finished with 351 yards on 35 of 62 passing and set career lows in completion percentage (56.5) and passer rating (66.0)

He is entering the first year of a two-year contract extension that will pay him $21 million in 2020.

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