Steelers RB Conner declining in opportunity only
Baltimore Ravens: Joe Flacco visited a hip specialist on Monday, and the Ravens plan to follow medical advice in developing a plan for their longtime starter who hasn't played since Nov. 4. Rookie understudy Lamar Jackson is 2-0 since Flacco went down, and brings undeniable electricity to the offense. "My understanding with that injury, the biggest criteria is the protection of the hip, the hip's ability to protect itself," head coach John Harbaugh said. "It's got to be strong and stable. There's no big tear in there. But the hip's got to be strong and not agitated for Joe to be able to protect himself. And that's the concern, is Joe's safety. That's why it's opinion, that's why the doctor has to decide. It's not like a hamstring or something -- well it's this degree healed or not. A dislocated hip? We don't want that."
Cincinnati Bengals: Jeff Driskel impressed his wide receivers Sunday in the first extended regular-season action of his NFL career, including his first TD pass in a regular-season game to Tyler Boyd. John Ross, who could remain in the starting lineup with A.J. Green (toe) likely questionable to return, said the Bengals found a spark with Driskel in the huddle after Andy Dalton was lost to a season-ending thumb injury. "Anytime Jeff comes in he does phenomenally well," Ross said. "Jeff comes in and fills that void when he needs to and can do things with his arm and his legs. Jeff fits right in when he comes in."
Cleveland Browns: Interim head coach Gregg Williams is sticking with his previous assessment of rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield, even after a convincing win at Cincinnati on Sunday. "I am going to stick with gradual. You guys are trying to get me to change the words," Williams said Monday. "I like where he is going. I like the fact that every day he is looking to improve and get better. He was one of the first guys in the building today. He was also involved with his coaches on going through the victory Monday. He did not take the day off today. He was looking to get better and get on to the Texans as fast as he can."
Pittsburgh Steelers: Running back James Conner has been stymied in recent weeks with 143 total rushing yards in the past three games, but the Steelers have limited his opportunities in the running game. After 19-plus carries in four straight games, Conner has 13, 9 and 13 rushing attempts (35) in the past three and a long gain of 15 yards. He had gains of 20-plus yards in six of the first eight games this season. The Steelers were effective through the air against the Broncos, with Ben Roethlisberger supporting the plan to throw 56 times (for 464 yards). "A lot of guys made plays for us," Roethlisberger said. "Why get away from something you are successful in just to force something else?" Conner did lose a key fumble at the end of the third quarter, leading to Denver's go-ahead touchdown.
--Field Level Media
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