This article is part of our Injury Analysis series.
Occasionally injuries will come in waves attacking a specific unit on a NFL team. Multiple injuries to offensive linemen can bring down the skill players of an offense, while numerous injuries to a secondary can be a big win for opposing teams. Entering Week 9, there are several teams that could be forced to start unheralded options at key spots due to injury concerns elsewhere.
James Conner and the Pittsburgh RBs
The Steelers starting running back came out of Monday night's win over the Dolphins with his right arm in a sling. The injury was diagnosed as an acromioclavicular (AC) sprain of his shoulder and Conner is expected to be further evaluated in the coming days. The severity of the sprain will go a long way to determining if Conner will miss any time, though the team has shown some initial optimism. The AC joint is located where the collarbone meets the shoulder blade, creating a strut for the entire shoulder joint. Low-grade sprains of the AC joint are manageable and can be braced and stabilized with additional padding.
Conner will be needed with the rest of the Steelers backfield also nursing injuries. Backup Benny Snell Jr. is managing an undisclosed knee injury, and Jaylen Samuels is still working his way back from arthroscopic knee surgery. If you are desperate for a running back option, Trey Edmunds could be worth a speculative add.
Derrius Guice and the Washington RBs
Washington could be welcoming back Guice in the near future. The