Steelers RB James Conner On Track To Play In Second Preseason Game


While he wasn’t quite healthy enough to play in the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday night preseason opener against the New York Giants, it’s sounding like rookie running back James Conner will make his NFL debut next Sunday night at Heinz Field in the team’s second exhibition game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Conner, who’s yet to practice fully since suffering a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder two weeks ago, said after Sunday’s practice at Saint Vincent College that “he’s on track to be able to play” in the team’s second preseason game, according to Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

While Conner reportedly didn’t practice fully on Sunday, he did participate in 7-on-7 and individual drills during the session.

“Felt great,” he said after practice.

Conner will be a sight for fan’s sore eyes should he ultimately play next Sunday against the Falcons. The University of Pittsburgh product and this year’s second of two third-round draft picks is easily a fan favorite and his jersey sales up until now are proof of that.


The Steelers now have four more practices remaining prior to them breaking training camp for the year and we’ll have to wait and see if he’s able to increase the level of his participation as the week goes on.

If he ultimately plays against the Falcons, he’ll more than likely see game action in the Steelers backfield either late in the first half or early in the second half of that contest. He’ll also be asked to play a lot on special teams throughout that game as well.

  • Matt Manzo

    Here’s to a good week of practice!!!

  • H.K. northern cali

    Can’t wait to see M.B and Conner play next.

  • Guillermo Garcia-Gomez

    Will there be a training camp edition of the podcast tonight?

  • Steeler Nation!

    Good because so far he’s had as many practices as Golson. If he’s gonna be our #2 RB, while our #1 is nowhere to be seen, he needs a ton of reps.

  • Steve Johnson

    Can’t wait to see M.Bryant, Conner, Sutton, JuJu and Joshua Dobbs 2nd game. Want to see how much Dobbs advances from that terrible start last Friday.

  • Rocksolid20

    I’m thinking JuJu sits . Precaution .

  • Dshoff

    Is Connor supposed to be better then all of our other backs not named Bell? I hope so. I can’t wait to see him and see if he really has the moves to be a quality rb in the NFL.

  • Jim Foles

    Hopefully the OL is better too.. Like… 65, 73, 71, and 77 let the one int happen.. 33 did zero in the pass blocking dept..