Where Roethlisberger said on his radio show on 93.7 The Fan on Tuesday that Conner "shouldn't be put on the shelf" when Bell returns, the Steelers quarterback said on Wednesday that he doesn't know how he'd split carries between the backs, if Bell returns and signs his franchise tag tender. "I don't know. I think James has done some wonderful things and deserves to be on the football field".
Kansas City will also play on Sunday Night in Week 6 against the Patriots. Pittsburgh's offense typically relies on one workhorse back, but Roethlisberger said both players can help spell each other to stay fresh for a long season. Conner has two fumbles, however, and the rushing attack stalled from Weeks 2-4, averaging 2.8 yards per carry.
The Chiefs added tickets are still available for the Bengals game. "I think that's what gets lost in what a running back [does] and what he's been doing - pass blocking, picking up the blitz, catching out of the backfield".
"It's not about just the physicality of the football game, to me", Roethlisberger said.
"I don't want to jinx anything but he's catching nearly everything I've thrown to him and he's in the right spot every time quickly".
The Chiefs are going to get another game in prime time.