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Benny Snell injures knee, then James Conner injures shoulder [UPDATE]

Running back Benny Snell of the Pittsburgh Steelers warms up ahead of a game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Dignity Health Sports Park on October 13, 2019 in Carson, California. Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images

James Conner injury update, 10/29 7:44 a.m.

Steelers running back James Conner suffered a “shoulder/AC injury,” according to head coach Mike Tomlin. The Steelers coach did not have any details on the severity, according to beat writer Alex Kozora. Conner was in a sling after the game, and will likely undergo an MRI on Tuesday to determine the extent of the damage.

James Conner injury update

In the fourth quarter, James Conner suffered his own injury, appearing to hurt his shoulder in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. It was garbage time, and with Snell out, Conner got the carries. Trey Edmunds got a carry after Conner went out, but we’ll want to monitor Conner’s status.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were stunned in the early going against the Miami Dolphins, but they’ve stormed back to take a lead in the second half. Mason Rudolph has connected with JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson for touchdowns, but James Conner has been big for the Steelers. He has rushed for 104 yards on 16 carries.

Backup Benny Snell Jr. struggled to get much going and has now left the game with a knee injury. He was announced as questionable to return after rushing five times for 13 yards.

Fantasy football analysis, Steelers RB Benny Snell, Jr.

Snell was looking like a potential gamble worth considering in this matchup, but it hasn’t quite worked out. The Steelers struggled for much of the first half, but the momentum is in their favor now. The score is close enough at this point that even if Snell returns, we likely will not see enough of him. Any waiver value is not really there at this point.