James Conner sustained a left ankle injury during the first half of Monday night's game against the Giants, ESPN's Maria Taylor reported during the second half. Conner, the Steelers' starting running back, was ruled as questionable to return to the game.
Conner never came back leaving Snell to post over 100 yards rushing in the game. Conner gained just nine yards on six carries and caught two passes for eight yards before leaving the game. Snell, a 2019 fourth-round pick out of Kentucky, surpassed Samuels as Pittsburgh's No. 2 running back on the depth chart following training camp and looks like Snell is the handcuff to have for Conner owners.
HC Mike Tomlin says he'll discover the division of labor for RBs week in and week out. Says his room is diverse and he wants to utilize the diversity of talent. But - "there is no question about who our bell cow is. It's James Conner and he's our primary toter."
The big issue with Conner, of course, is staying healthy. Conner is ranked 15th on our RB list. The team drafted McFarland this past spring but have continued to say Conner is their guy. Most depth charts list Snell as the team's RB2, and given Conner's injury history, owning his handcuff probably isn't a bad idea.
Washington led the team in receiving yards last season and Samuels was thrust into a bigger role at times with RB injuries. As the story said, the list is for players who have tested positive for the coronavirus or are quarantined after close contact with an infected person.