The Pitt running back situation appeared to take a turn from bad to worse Thursday when freshman James Conner landed awkwardly on his left shoulder after chasing down safety Jason Hendricks, who had intercepted a pass.
Conner, who showed tremendous hustle on the play, cried out in pain when he hit the ground. Trainer Rob Blanc immediately tended to Conner, strapping an ice pack to the shoulder. He did not practice for the rest of the day.
There was no update from coach Paul Chryst, but Conner tweeted shortly after practice, “Shoulder is good!”
Conner had been the first running back on the field since starter Isaac Bennett injured his right knee Aug. 10. Bennett worked without a leg brace for the second consecutive day, but he did not participate in the scrimmage portion of practice.