notebook: Steelers expecting RB Conner back for Pats
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[December 15, 2018]
Steelers running back James Conner practiced on a limited
basis Friday and is expected to return to the Pittsburgh lineup for
a key AFC affair with the New England Patriots on Sunday.
Conner was seen walking without a limp after Thursday's practice and
declared himself ready to roll, but the Steelers will officially
list him as questionable.
The renewal of the Steelers-Patriots rivalry is a headliner of Week
15 as Pittsburgh slides into the game on a three-game losing streak,
holding a narrow lead over the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North and
at risk of being thrust into a dogfight with numerous teams for the
final spot in the AFC playoffs with another loss.
Conner has 1,376 yards from scrimmage and 13 total touchdowns.
--Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Zack Martin will miss a game for
the first time in his career Sunday, bringing to end a streak of 77
straight regular-season starts.
A Pro Bowl selection each of his first four seasons and a two-time
first-team All-Pro, Martin was ruled out against the Colts because
of a knee injury.
Rookie Connor Williams will start in Martin's place.
--New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been ruled out of
Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans as he recovers from an
ailing quadriceps, coach Pat Shurmur announced.
Beckham, originally injured in Week 12 against Philadelphia, missed
last Sunday's victory over the Redskins because of the injury.
Beckham has 77 receptions for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns in 12
games this season.
--Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Kendall Fuller was to undergo
surgery for a fractured wrist Friday and is likely to miss time, NFL
Fuller played with the injury in Thursday's 29-28 loss to the
While a recovery window will reportedly be established once the
surgery is performed, it typically takes six weeks for a complete
recovery from a wrist fracture. That would stretch to the AFC
championship game or even the Super Bowl.
--Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was downgraded to
doubtful for his team's game against the Rams on the official injury
report because of a stress fracture in his back.
Head coach Doug Pederson said that Wentz will need up to three
months for a complete recovery. The team is measuring whether Wentz
could do significant damage by playing in a game with the injury.
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FILE PHOTO: Dec 2, 2018;
Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner
(30) rushes the ball as Los Angeles Chargers defensive back Desmond
King (20) chases during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory
Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
--Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin was a practice participant
for the second straight day and is expected to be available when the
team visits the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
Baldwin missed Monday night's win over the Minnesota Vikings due to
a hip injury. The Seahawks listed him as questionable for the game
against San Francisco.
--The New York Jets are placing leading rusher Isaiah Crowell on
injured reserve with a toe injury, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Coach Todd Bowles said Elijah McGuire (158 yards) and rookie Trenton
Cannon (80) will get heavy work in the backfield in an effort to
make up for Crowell's production (685 yards, six touchdowns).
--The NFL indefinitely suspended Oakland Raiders receiver Martavis
Bryant for violating his reinstatement terms stemming from a
previous ban under the league's substance abuse policy.
The 27-year-old reportedly violated the NFL's substance abuse policy
during the offseason but played through appeal. He was suspended for
the first four games of the 2015 season and the entire 2016 season
because of positive drug tests while he was with the Steelers.
--Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was fined $26,739 for
lowering his head to initiate contact Sunday against Philadelphia
defensive back Corey Graham, Elliott's second fine in four weeks.
--First-year Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy received seven of 10
possible first place votes among a panel of 10 Associated Press
football writers asked to name the NFL coach doing the best job this
--The Jacksonville Jaguars signed kicker Kai Forbath in case Josh
Lambo (right groin injury) is unable to kick Sunday against the
--New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees finished first in the
fan ballot portion of Pro Bowl voting with 1,270,631 votes. Chiefs
quarterback Patrick Mahomes (1,197,370 votes) was second.
--Field Level Media
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