James Conner's Usage Against Cowboys is Concerning

Larry Rupp
Pittsburgh running back James Conner's usage in Week 9 against the Cowboys is concerning.
Pittsburgh running back James Conner's usage in Week 9 against the Cowboys is concerning. / Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Pittsburgh Steelers' running back James Conner was almost nonexistent against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 9 as he rushed for 22 yards on 9 carries and hauled in 2 receptions for -2 yards. In fact, his usage in the game was downright concerning as he wasn't the workhorse in the backfield that he usually is.

This was Conner's first game where he received less than 15 carries and played in less than 50 percent of the offensive snaps since the season opener. The Steelers seemed set on using a passing attack for the entirety of the game despite quarterback Ben Roethlisberger fighting a knee injury throughout the second half.

While his lack of usage could be due to the offensive gameplan, it still is not great to see. Conner has been a large part of the team's offensive success this season as he has three games of over 100 rushing yards and has scored in five of the eight games this season. There is no reason he shouldn't be a featured back moving forward.

Conner will likely bounce back sooner than later. However, this is a situation worth monitoring as the Steelers look to remain undefeated when they take on the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 10 NFL action.

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