Steelers' Conner to sit out this week's game

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Tomlin said: "James Conner's injury is probably a little more significant than we thought".

The Steelers will be without running back James Conner when they take on the Raiders in Week 14, coach Mike Tomlin announced Tuesday.

Conner, an Erie native, suffered an ankle sprain during the fourth quarter of the Steelers' 33-30 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday night at Heinz Field. "It is an ankle sprain, much more than a contusion initially thought to be".

Jaylen Samuels will likely get the bulk of the carries in Oakland, as his two carriers against the Chargers were the only rushes for Pittsburgh that didn't come from Conner.

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Conner has had a high-flyer of a season so far, having been giving the starting place after Le'Veon Bell chose to sit out for the season when he opted to not sign his franchise tender.

At 7-4-1, the Steelers lead the AFC North, just half a game ahead of the 7-5 Ravens.

Conner has rushed for 909 yards and scored 13 touchdowns for the Steelers during his second season as a pro.

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