Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jaylen Samuels will miss at least one month with a knee sprain.
Coach Mike Tomlin announced the injury and return timeline during a press conference on Tuesday. Samuels underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Monday, after suffering the sprain in Sunday’s overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
According to WKYT Sports, rookie Benny Snell will be the Steelers’ second option at running back, behind James Conner.
With Jaylen Samuels sidelined for a month, Benny Snell is set to be Pittsburgh's second-string running back. He is "chomping at the bit" for this opportunity. https://t.co/fapD37oYbW
— WKYT Sports (@wkytsports) October 8, 2019
In 2019, Samuels has played in all five games, rushing the ball 18 times. On those carries he has 50 yards and one touchdown. That touchdown, the first rushing TD of his career, came against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 4. He has been more dangerous in the passing game, catching 13 passes on 15 targets for 83 yards in 2019. This could be because backup Mason Rudolph feels more comfortable checking down than throwing it over the top.
Snell has only five career carries for 30 yards and no touchdowns. He has only been targeted once, and has no receptions.
Conner will still be the featured back, as third string QB Delvin Hodges will start Sunday, October 13 against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Featured Image courtesy of Jim Brown/USA TODAY Sports
Check out Eli and Ben’s Podcast “Courtside Ramblings” on SoundCloud or iTunes — TGH Podcast Feed
“From Our Haus to Yours“