Benny Snell set for more playing time with Samuels injury

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Benny Snell (24) before an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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PITTSBURGH (WKYT) -- Five games into his rookie season, Benny Snell is getting most of his run with special teams, but a teammate's injury has opened the door for more playing time moving forward.

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin announced Tuesday that second-string running back Jaylen Samuels will miss about a month with a left knee injury.

That injury bumps up former Kentucky Wildcat Benny Snell to that second-string spot and he is ready for his opportunity.

"I believe that he is," said Tomlin. "I know that he is chomping at the bit to be a contributor. He is a high energy young guy. Highly productive in special teams. This guy is making tackles and it has been really impressive. We drafted him to be a running back and he will get an opportunity to get more exposure there because of the injury to Jaylen and I am sure he will be excited about it."

The Steelers visit the Chargers on Sunday night.

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