James Conner in concussion protocol after win

Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner left in the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night to be evaluated for a concussion, the team announced. He did not return.

Coach Mike Tomlin confirmed during a postgame conference that Conner is in the concussion protocol.

Conner was briefly examined in the sideline medical tent during the third quarter after taking a hit on a play. He later returned to the game before leaving for the locker room with the Steelers leading, 52-14, early in the fourth quarter.

The second-year running back tallied 65 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries before exiting the game. Conner has 771 rushing yards and 10 TDs on the season.

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