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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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Alex Highsmith Needs MRI after Ankle Injury Suffered vs. Browns

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PITTSBURGH — Steelers rookie linebacker Alex Highsmith suffered an ankle injury that will require an MRI in Sunday’s playoff loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Highsmith left the game in the first half and was seen limping on the Pittsburgh sideline. He made an attempt to return to the game, but was unable to continue playing and did not see the field at all in the second half.

In-game, the Steelers announced that Highsmith was doubtful to return with an ankle injury. After the fact, head coach Mike Tomlin said that Highsmith suffered a high ankle sprain. Highsmith’s father posted on Twitter early on Monday morning that Highsmith will require an MRI on his injured ankle.

Given that Highsmith was able to walk and even run in short bursts after the injury, it does not seem likely that it will impact his offseason training plans.

The team’s third-round draft pick out of Charlotte, Highsmith was thrust into a starting role after starting outside linebacker Bud Dupree suffered  an ACL injury that required surgery.

On the season, Highsmith played in 16 regular season game and made five starts. He finished with 48 tackles, five for a loss, six quarterback hits, one interception and one pass defended.

With Dupree set to become an unrestricted free agent and unlikely to return, Highsmith should be expected to retain his starting role in 2021.

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Steelers OLB Alex Highsmith Leaves Game with Ankle Injury, Doubtful to Return

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PITTSBURGH — Steelers outside linebacker Alex Highsmith has left the team’s Wild Card Round playoff game against the Cleveland Browns with an ankle injury and is doubtful to return, the team announced.

Highsmith suffered the injury in the first half and attempted to return to play, but was unable to continue.

He was replaced on the field by a combination of third-year backup Ola Adeniyi and Cassius Marsh, who was signed from the Indianapolis practice squad in December.

Highsmith had been replacing starter Bud Dupree, who was lost for the season to an ACL injury.

In the regular season, Highsmith appeared in all 16 games and made five starts. He had two sacks, five tackles for loss, one interception and one pass defended.

The rookie out of Charlotte was the Steelers’ third-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft.

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Steelers Injury Updates: JuJu Smith-Schuster Practiced Fully Friday, Chris Boswell Limited

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are relatively healthy entering their opening round playoff matchup with the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, as only kicker Chris Boswell was listed on the team’s injury report as being less than a full participant in practice on Friday.

Boswell was limited on Friday as he continues to recover from the groin injury that has forced him to miss the last two games. He was also limited on Wednesday, but was a full participant during Thursday’s session.

Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) returned to the practice field Friday after sitting out on Thursday. He had practiced fully on Wednesday as well, but was newly added yesterday.

Defensive end Isaiah Buggs (illness) was also added to the injury report Thursday, but was a full participant on Friday.

Safety Terrell Edmunds (shoulder), cornerback Steven Nelson (knee), nose tackle Tyson Alualu (ankle) and linebacker Vince Williams (quad) were all full participants during Friday’s practice session as well, positioning the Steelers to be healthy heading into Sunday’s playoff game against the Browns.

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