James Conner was on the field on Wednesday after being in the concussion protocol since he suffered a concussion against the Panthers. Coach Mike Tomlin said during his weekly press conference that ‘physical labor’ was the next step in getting out of the protocol, and Conner was a full participant in practice.
“I felt good. I felt like me again,” said Conner. “Back to normal. When it first happened, it was a dizzy feeling. But today I had a good day at practice. I feel like me again. I am good. I am happy.”
Ben Roethlisberger, who didn’t practice on Wednesday as normal, likes what he has been seeing from the second-year running back, who just keeps getting the job done.
“He does it every week,” said Roethlisberger. “He’s putting it on tape he keeps getting better. I think we know what he can do running the ball, but to me I think he’s getting better and better at pass protection and catching the ball out of the backfield. You saw potential, but you just didn’t know what until he got on the field more.”
Stephon Tuitt didn’t practice on Wednesday, hampered by an elbow injury that Tomlin said could limit him at the start of the week.
Marcus Gilbert also didn’t practice. Gilbert has missed the last three games with a knee injury, and with him out Matt Feiler has stepped in and held things down at right tackle.
Below is the full practice report.
Pittsburgh Steelers Participation/Injury Report, Week 11
QB Ben Roethlisberger (Coaches Decision) – DNP
RB James Conner (Concussion) – Full
OT Marcus Gilbert (Knee) – DNP
DE Stephon Tuitt (Elbow) – DNP
Jacksonville Jaguars Participation/Injury Report, Week 11
No. 39 S Tashaun Gipson (Wrist) – Full
No. 50 LB Telvin Smith (Shoulder) – Full
No. 21 CB A.J. Bouye (Calf) – Limited
No. 55 LB Lerentee McCray (Hamstring) – Limited
No. 75 OL Ereck Flowers (Knee) – Limited
No. 99 DT Marcell Dareus (Triceps) – Limited
No. 43 CB Quenton Meeks (Knee) – DNP
No. 54 DT Eli Ankou (Calf) – DNP
No. 73 OL Josh Walker (Foot/Ankle) – DNP