Roundup: RB James Conner's availability unclear

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Injury fallout continues for the Pittsburgh Steelers following their loss to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin gave an assortment of updates in his press conference on Tuesday.

Running back James Conner, who aggravated a previous shoulder injury, is up in the air in terms of his availability for upcoming practices and Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is in concussion protocol and also dealing with a knee issue that is being evaluated. Receiver Diontae Johnson and linebacker Ola Adeniyi each suffered concussions against the Browns and are in concussion protocol, as well.

Cornerback Artie Burns is dealing with a minor knee injury and running back Benny Snell (knee) has been cleared to return to practice.

Here are other news items we're monitoring on Tuesday:

»  Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill is set to undergo an MRI on his hamstring injury in "the next day or so," NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported, per sources informed of the situation. Following the MRI, the team will have a better idea of a timeline. Garafolo added the team got back late from Monday's game in Mexico, so "the medical things are a bit delayed."

»  Cleveland Browns safety Morgan Burnett has been placed on injured reserve with an Achilles injury. Burnett started all eight games for the Browns this season with 41 tackles and two sacks, but his season came to a close when he suffered the injury on Thursday in the second quarter against the Steelers.

»  Denver Broncos fullback Andy Janovich (elbow) was officially placed on injured reserve by the team on Tuesday, with the team also announcing it ahd signed tight end Orson Charles.

»  Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien told reporters on Tuesday that cornerback Bradley Roby (hamstring) and Will Fuller (hamstring), who have each missed significant time, will be game-time decisions for Thursday night's game against the Colts.

»  The Washington Redskins have cut edge rusher Noah Spence, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Spence, a 2016 second-round selection by Tampa Bay, played in seven games for the Redskins, tallying three tackles and one sack. The team announced it had signed linebacker Carroll Phillips to the active roster.

»  The Philadelphia Eagles announced they have signed long snapper Rick Lovato to a four-year contract extension through 2023. Lovato, who previously played with the Packers and Redskins, has played in every game for Philly since 2017.

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