• Samaje Perine: 11 carries, 30 yards; 4 receptions, 52 receiving yards, 3 receiving touchdowns
• Najee Harris: 20 carries, 90 yards, 2 touchdowns; 4 receptions, 26 receiving yards
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Monitor Joe Mixon‘s health: Mixon suffered a concussion in the middle of the second quarter and didn’t return.
- Samaje Perine had assumed his usual role to start the game, playing on third downs and giving Mixon a break in other situations. This led to Perine catching a 29-yard touchdown pass to end the first quarter.
- Perine took over as the every-down back after the concussion. He ran 11 times for 30 yards. He also caught another two touchdown passes after the injury.
- Trayveon Williams started the game third on the depth chart but moved up to second. He played only a few snaps.
- Chris Evans is typically the third back, but he was limited in practice all week with a knee injury.
- Perine is worth a waiver target, but the Bengals have a tough matchup against the Titans next week. Tennessee has allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to running backs this season.
- There are also no bye weeks next week, so fewer teams will be desperate for a running back.
- Perine can still hover around the top 24 running backs from volume alone if Mixon misses a game.
Monitor Jaylen Warren‘s health: Warren suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter and didn’t return.
- Warren had slowly been earning more playing time. He caught his only target for 9 yards today.
- Najee Harris took the vast majority of snaps over the rest of the game, with Benny Snell taking a few snaps to give Harris a rest.
- If the injury is serious, Harris a must-start again because few teams are willing to give a running back as much of the playing time as the Steelers are willing to give Harris without Warren.
- Harris has run 20 times for 90 or more yards in back-to-back weeks. He was averaging 45 rushing yards per game prior to Week 10.
- The Steelers have one of the easier scheduled for running backs over the rest of the season.
• Snaps include plays called back due to penalties, including offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.
• Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown-away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.
• Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.