The Pittsburgh Steelers will attempt to rebound from back-to-back losses without its dual-threat running back.
"James Conner's injury is probably a little more significant than we initially thought," Tomlin told reporters. "I don't know if you would describe it as a high-ankle sprain. It is an ankle sprain, much more than a contusion initially thought to be."
Conner exited Sunday's loss late in the fourth quarter after totaling 74 yards and two rushing touchdowns. Tomlin didn't indicate whether the injury could force Conner to miss more than one week.
The second-year Pitt product has filled in splendidly for Le'Veon Bell, who is sitting out the season after not signing his franchise tender. Conner's blend of power, speed, and pass catching ability fit perfectly into the Steelers' offense. In 12 games, the 23-year-old galloped for 909 rushing yards on 201 carries, and 467 receiving yards on 52 catches with 13 total touchdowns (12 rushing).
"That is our intention as we sit here," the coach said, noting one of the backs has a chance to impress and earn more snaps.