Friday update: James Conner has no designation on the Steelers final injury report, so he is good to go for Sunday vs. the Broncos.
Steelers running back James Conner left Monday night’s game against the Giants due to an ankle sprain. On Thursday, he was able to practice fully, giving him a great chance to suit up this week in Denver, per Dave Lolley of DK Pittsburgh Sports.
On Monday, Steelers backup running back Benny Snell relieved the injured Conner and played well in his place, as he ran the ball 19 times for 113 yards. With Conner looking iffy for Week 2, many expected Snell to get another chance to lead the way in Denver, but that has likely changed.
Conner should get his starting job back, but after Snell’s strong performance, Conner will need to prove that he is deserving of that job and if he can’t, Snell is closer in the pecking order than before. The Athletic’s Ed Bouchette said, “If Conner is ineffective when he returns and Snell is clearly better, they’ll make the switch.”
This situation does put fantasy player in a dilemma, as Conner should get the start but Snell could take over if things fall his way early in the game. As long as he’s healthy, we still have to lean toward Conner as the fantasy play this week, but Snell is also worth holding onto if you grabbed him off waivers.