James Conner Tells Us He's Rehabbing And Hopes To Play Soon

Mike Tomlin Said James Will Practice This Week And Test His Shoulder

Kraig Riley
December 10, 2019 - 1:16 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) - Steelers running back James Conner joined us for his weekly show with The PM Team and updated us on his status and Mike Tomlin followed that up with some encouraging news about the Pro Bowl running backs status for Sunday night's matchup with the Bills.

When asked if he's eyeing a return this week, Conner told us "I've been eyeing returns week in and week out trying to get back there on the field.  It's going to be the same for this week.  It's still going to be trying my best to get out there on the field and go through the week of preparation"

So what does a week of preparation look like at this point?

"Preparing for Sunday, so practicing and continuing to do the things I've been doing as far as meetings and getting my body ready."

When Tomlin talked about Conner's status for this week during his weekly press conference, he gave the same report for him and Juju Smith-Schuster saying, "I don't know what their anticipated practice participation is tomorrow as I stand here right now, but those guys are expected to participate in practice at least in some capacity and probably sooner rather than later in the week and we'll look at the quality of that work and the ramifications of the aftermath of that work in terms of talking about their availability"

Related: Conner and JuJu Expected to Return to Steelers Practice

As it pertain to Conner in particular and his role in the offense with the other running backs on the depth chart finding success in various roles, Tomlin said "as he proves his health to us, then we'll consider the ways that we will utilize him.  Obviously if he's got a clean bill of health adn he's prepared, we know what James is capable of."

Click the audio link below to hear more from Conner on his status for this week, how he watches the games when he doesn't travel with the team like this past week in Arizona and what he made of Steelers Nation turning another road venue into essentially a home game.

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