Steelers Still Have Injury Issues at Tailback

Tomlin says Snell is out, Conner & Edmunds are limited

Jeff Hathhorn
November 05, 2019 - 1:09 pm

93.7 the Fan

PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) – Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said starting guard Ramon Foster is scheduled to practice Wednesday and James Conner will be limited early, but he is hopeful Conner will practice later in the week.

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Back-up tailback Trey Edmunds will be limited with a rib injury and Roosevelt Nix limited with his knee.  Tomlin said he didn’t want to make any predictions to their availability.

That, again, leaves the Steelers potentially short-handed in the backfield.  And being one dimensional against a Rams defense led by Aaron Donald could be rough.

Jaylen Samuels is the only tailback not listed on the injury report, Tomlin said he started slow but made significant contributions in the run game.

The Steelers have former Pitt star Darrin Hall and added tailback Tony Brooks-James to the active roster last week when they released Donte Moncrief.  The former Oregon star rushed one time for no gain.

“He’s quick to speed, he’s more of a space player,” Tomlin said Tuesday.  “Different than some of our other guys, so I thought it added to our group a week ago.  We will see what our mix is this week.”

Brooks-James is 5’9”, 190 pounds and impressed this preseason rushing for 180 yards with the Falcons, at 7.2 per carry with a pair of touchdowns.  With the Ducks, Brooks-James averaged 6.6 yards a rush with 18 touchdowns.  He also runs a 4.4, 40-yard dash.

If activated again, Brooks-James may not just be in the backfield, but likely would be a more dangerous returner than Ryan Switzer.

Only two were ruled out against the Rams, tailback Benny Snell after knee surgery and reserve linebacker Ulysses Gilbert with an ongoing back issue.