Steelers' James Conner out with ankle sprain

Pittsburgh Steelers' James Conner ruled out for Oakland Raiders match

Pittsburgh Steelers' James Conner ruled out for Oakland Raiders match

Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner's leg injury is more serious than initially indicated, and he will not play in Week 14 against the Oakland Raiders, coach Mike Tomlin said 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.

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

This season, Conner has 909 rushing yards and 467 receiving yards for 13 total touchdowns. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's 94 yards on the ground are second on the team, and Stevan Ridley is second among running backs with 56 yards in seven games on the field.

It is likely rookie Jaylen Samuels will be first in line to replace Conner having come on for him against the Chargers and caught a 10-yard touchdown pass.

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

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