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Mike Tomlin: James Conner has an AC joint injury

Good news: The Steelers running James Conner had their best game of the season in week eight. Bad news: He got an injury late on Monday night's 27-14 win over the Dolphins.

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A coach appeared to mouth "the bell" when looking at Conner, whose right arm was hanging when he left the field after being taken in the fourth quarter. After the game, coach Mike Tomlin told reporters that Conner is being evaluated for injury to the AC joint in his shoulder.

Returning Jaylen Samuels is already out with a knee injury. If Conner misses any time, the Steelers will go down to Benny Snell and Trey Edmunds at the back. They also have Tony Brook-James in the practice group.

The trade deadline arrives on Tuesday afternoon. In theory, the Steelers can try to make a move, or they can explore adding an available free agent.

At 3-4, the Steelers remain very much alive in the AFC North. Baltimore has a 5-2 record, but they host the Patriots on Sunday. If the Ravens lose and the Steelers beat the Colts, the gap would be down to a game.

Baltimore holds the tiebreaker, thanks to a victory in Pittsburgh earlier this year. But the corporations also have a loss for the Browns; if the Steelers, who have beaten the Bengals and have another game at Cincinnati and two against the Browns, win the three games and are a game behind the Ravens (or tied with them or leading a game) into Week 17, the replay would be an AFC North championship game.

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