The Pittsburgh Steelers received some encouraging news on Wednesday ahead of their matchup with the Atlanta Falcons this weekend.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Wednesday morning that Steelers running back Najee Harris, who was forced out of Pittsburgh’s win against the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night with an abdominal injury, didn’t sustain a major injury.

It’s unclear if Harris will play against the Falcons, but a return to the field on Sunday can’t be ruled out.

Harris hasn’t put up quite the same numbers he did as a rookie last season, but he’s still an important part of the offense (he’s on pace for around 60 fewer rushing attempts this season, so that’s part of the reason for the downtick in production…you can thank Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Matt Canada for that).

The return of Harris is especially important as the calendar flips to December and the ground game becomes more important throughout the league.

If Harris is unable to go, former Kentucky Wildcats running back Benny Snell will get the start. Snell rushed for 62 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries in relief of Harris in the Steelers’ win against the Colts on Monday night.

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