Steelers RB James Conner out with sprained ankle

Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner runs onto the field
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Let’s start with the good news first. The Pittsburgh Steelers are slated to take on a lowly Raiders team in Oakland on Sunday. This should be a get-right game for Ben Roethlisberger and Co.

The bad news? Head coach Mike Tomlin has ruled stud second-year running back James Conner out of the game with a sprained ankle.

Conner exited last week’s loss to the Chargers with what was initially called a lower-leg contusion. Obviously, it’s a bit more serious than that. There is, however, a positive here. This doesn’t seem to be a high-ankle sprain. Those types of injuries are typically multi-week issues.

Replacing holdout Le’Veon Bell as Pittsburgh’s starter this season, Conner has tallied 1,376 total yards and 13 touchdowns through 12 games.