4 reasons the Steelers shouldn’t even consider re-signing RB James Conner
The Steelers running back is made of glass
I can’t give Conner enough credit for not only being able to return to football after extensive chemotherapy but playing well at the NFL level. After defeating cancer in time to play his full season at Pitt in 2016, Conner eventually went on to become a Pro Bowl running back for the Steelers in 2018.
However, injuries have plagued his career all along the way. I can’t say whether or not these injuries are a result of the harsh treatments he underwent while fighting cancer, but they are certainly persistent. Conner has missed multiple games in each of his first three seasons to begin his NFL career, and he’s already been banged up early in 2020 as he was forced to leave the game early against the New York Giants.
Perhaps it was just a string of bad luck for Conner to begin his career in the National Football League, but a player that misses 11 games in his first three seasons hardly seems like one you can count on to continually carry the load – especially when these injuries cause him to miss important games late in the season. It’s best to let another team roll the dice on him for this reason.