Steelers running back James Conner has left his team’s game against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night with a shoulder injury and will not to return.
Conner returned to action on Thursday after missing two games with a sprained AC joint. It’s not clear if the injury Conner is being evaluated for is the same injury or a different shoulder injury.
He was originally listed as questionable to return, but was downgraded to out at halftime.
Jaylen Samuels will take over for Conner, with Trey Edmunds and Tony Brooks-James serving as depth.
Conner had five carries for 10 yards and one catch for six yards before coming out of the game.
Chase Claypool Races into Steelers Record Books with 84-Yard Catch
Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool raced down the left sideline at Heinz Field with an 84-yard touchdown against the Denver Broncos on Sunday and straight into the team’s history books.
Claypool’s touchdown catch from Ben Roethlisberger tied for the fourth-longest reception by a rookie wide receiver in team history. It also stands as the longest reception of the season overall, according to TSN.
🇨🇦 rookie Chase Claypool’s first career touchdown is an 84-yarder, and the longest of the 2020 season so far! pic.twitter.com/9PBSVFMFQC
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) September 20, 2020
JuJu Smith-Schuster holds the Steelers rookie record with a 97-yard reception at Detroit on Oct. 29, 2017, which is also tied with Smith-Schuster’s 97-yard reception in 2018 as the longest overall in team history.
The other rookies with longer pass catches than Claypool’s 84-yarder were Martavis Bryant, who grabbed a 94-yarder from Roethlisberger in 2014 and Dave Smith, who caught an 87-yarder from Terry Bradshaw in 1970.
Claypool tied Charles Johnson’s 84-yard catch from Mike Tomczack in 1994.
Steelers Knock Broncos QB Drew Lock Out of Game, Will Not Return
Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree knocked Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock out of the game in the first quarter of the team’s matchup at Heinz Field on Sunday.
Lock escaped from fellow Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt on the play in Denver’s second offensive series, when Dupree hit him and drove him into the ground, forcing a fumble on the play that was recovered by Pittsburgh.
— NFL France (@NFLFrance) September 20, 2020
Lock first went into the medical tent on the Denver sideline for evaluation and then was taken to the visitor’s locker room area. The Broncos first said Lock was questionable to return to the game with a right (throwing) shoulder injury, but later downgraded him to out.
When he left the game, Lock had completed 1 of 5 passes for 20 yards. He was replaced by fifth-year backup Jeff Driskel.
The turnover turned into point for the Steelers, when James Conner scored from two yards out to give his team a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
Broncos WR Courtland Sutton Active; RB Phillip Lindsay Out
Injured wide receiver Courtland Sutton will play for the Denver Broncos at Heinz Field on Sunday, but running back Phillip Lindsay is among the inactive players.
Sutton missed the Broncos’ opener after suffering shoulder injury in practice and was officially listed as questionable for the game on Friday.
Sutton was the Broncos’ leading receiver in 2019, when he led the team in targets (124), catches (72), yards (1,112) and receiving touchdowns (six). Without Sutton, rookie Jerry Jeudy was the most productive Denver receiver in the team’s season opener against Tennessee on Monday night.
Running back Phillip Lindsay will miss the game with a toe injury. He was ruled out on Friday. Melvin Gordon III is expected to start in his place.
Also dressing from the Denver injury report is tackle Garett Bolles, who was questionable with an elbow injury. Penn State alum and rookie wide receiver KJ Hamler will be active for the first time.
Former Steelers linebackers Mark Barron (hamstring) is also out and fellow former Steelers linebacker Anthony Chickillo is a healthy scratch. The other Denver scratches are wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland, guard Netane Muti, tight end Albert Okwuegbunam and defensive tackle McTelvin Agim.