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Steelers Injury Report: James Conner a full participant in practice on Wednesday

While James Conner was able to return to training, both Marcus Gilbert and Stephon Tuitt sat out practice due to injury.

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While the Pittsburgh Steelers were missing two players at practice due to injury on Wednesday, fans might be encouraged to hear that James Conner was not one of them.

Having been placed in concussion protocols after the game against the Carolina Panthers, the return of Conner as a full participant in training for the first practice session of the week bodes well for his inclusion on Sunday. When speaking to Teresa Varley of after training, the young running back sounded pleased with his progress since being forced from the game in Week 10.

“I felt good. I felt like me again. Back to normal. When it first happened, it was a dizzy feeling. But today I had a good day at practice. I feel like me again. I am good. I am happy.”

Although Ben Roethlisberger was given his usual day of on Wednesday, the absence of both Stephon Tuitt and Marcus Gilbert was due to the injuries they are battling. Gilbert continues to struggle with a knee injury that has caused him to miss the last three games in a row and he will be in danger of missing another if he cannot practice fully on Thursday or Friday.

Even though Tuitt was sidelined by a hyperextended elbow, there seems to be a level of optimism among the coaching staff that he may be able to practice later in the week. Having missed the game last week, it is can only be assumed that Dan McCullers is in good health considering he was not included on the injury report at all.

By comparison, the Jacksonville Jaguars appear to have several injury concerns of their own heading into the game.