While not nearly as disappointing as the outcome itself, the Steelers' inability to run the ball in the 24-21 loss in Oakland last Sunday was troubling.
With an offensive line considered one of the NFL's best working against a defense that entered the game allowing 153 yards per game on the ground, the running game figured to be reliable even without injured James Conner.
Conner's right ankle has him officially listed as questionable, as of the injury report released Friday afternoon, meaning he's likely to miss his second consecutive game Sunday against the Patriots. Also, right tackle Marcus Gilbert (knee) will miss his eighth consecutive game and ninth of the season, and receiver Ryan Switzer (ankle) was added to the injury report and is listed as questionable.
Though Conner likely won't play this week, the Steelers will give him a chance to test his injured ankle in pregame warmups before making a decision.