PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh running back James Conner's aching right shoulder will keep him out of the lineup for a third straight game when the surging Steelers visit the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
Conner took some reps with the scout team on Thursday but declared himself out as the effects of the sprained AC joint he suffered in late October continue to linger. Conner initially hurt the shoulder in the final minutes of a victory over Miami on Oct. 28. He briefly returned against Cleveland on Nov. 14 but managed just 16 yards on six touches before exiting.
"I just wasn't ready to come back," Conner said. "Tried to fight through it but wasn't able to. I wouldn't say (it was a) mistake but I tried to give it a go and just wasn't ready."