James Conner

Arizona Cardinals
Running Back #30
Arizona Cardinals
Running Back #30
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Stays in the desert

Conner and the Cardinals have reached agreement on a three-year contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The 230-pound back was a smash hit after signing a modest, one-year contract last offseason, finishing 2021 with 1,127 total yards (375 receiving) and 18 touchdowns. Conner spent most of the year in a committee with Chase Edmonds, who is signing a two-year contract with the Dolphins, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. It remains to be seen if the Cardinals sign/draft a comparable replacement for Evans; if not, Conner could take on a three-down role again.

Mar 14, 2022 9:28 AM EST


Scores in season-ending defeat

Conner rushed four times for 19 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 34-11 wild-card round loss to the Rams. He also caught one of two targets for five yards.

Analysis: Conner had his snaps limited while battling through a ribs injury, with the game flow of Monday's blowout also restricting his involvement as a runner. As usual, though, the tailback managed to find the end zone, scoring from two yards to finally get Arizona on the board in the third quarter. After inking a one-year deal with the Cardinals last offseason, Conner went on to finish third league-wide in touchdowns, with 15 of his 18 scores coming on the ground. Of course, that came in just 15 games, with Conner carrying 202 times for 752 yards and catching 37 of 39 targets for 375 more yards. Given that fantastic production, the 26-year-old is bound to garner more significant interest as he re-enters free agency this spring, but with many other key offensive contributors on expiring contracts, it's unclear whether the Cardinals will bring Conner back.

Jan 17, 2022 9:13 PM EST



Available Monday

Conner (ribs) is listed as active for Monday's wild-card game at the Rams, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Conner managed just one limited session in advance of this contest due to a rib injury suffered during a Week 18 loss to the Seahawks. With his status confirmed for Arizona's playoff opener, it remains to be seen what kind of workload he'll be able to handle. In the 10 games in which both he and Chase Edmonds (ribs/toe) were available this season, Conner earned 135 touches to Edmonds' 112. If both are ready for their typical amount of reps, such a breakdown may be the case for the pair, but it should be noted that Edmonds appears to be healthier than Conner after going limited, limited and full on the practice field Thursday through Saturday.

Jan 17, 2022 3:49 PM EST


Status in question for Monday

Conner (ribs) is listed as questionable for Monday's wild-card game at the Rams, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Conner made his first appearance on the practice field Saturday since departing the Cardinals' season finale against the Seahawks with rib injury, logging a limited session. Jonathan Ward (knee) had the same practice regimen this week, while Chase Edmonds (ribs/toe) followed up back-to-back limited listings with a full practice Saturday. Edmonds is the only one of the three without a designation for the team's playoff opener, making him the best bet to lead the backfield Monday. Earlier in the week, coach Kliff Kingsbury considered Conner to be a game-time decision, per Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site, so his status may not be confirmed until 90 minutes before an 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff.

Jan 15, 2022 1:30 PM EST


Spotted at practice Saturday

Conner (ribs) was present at the portion of Saturday's practice open to the media, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: It remains to be seen how much Conner was able to practice, but the Cardinals' injury report should reveal that in short order. The running back did not practice both Thursday and Friday thanks to a rib injury suffered in the Week 18 loss to the Seahawks.

Jan 15, 2022 8:56 AM EST



No practice reps Friday

Conner (ribs) was a non-participant in practice Friday for the second day in a row, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Though head coach Kliff Kingsbury is terming Conner as a game-day decision as Monday's wild-card matchup with the Rams approaches, the running back's absence from the Cardinals' first two practices of the week isn't a promising sign for his availability. Unless Conner is able to take a step forward in terms of activity Saturday, he'll be at great risk of being sidelined for the third time in the Cardinals' last four games. In that scenario, Chase Edmonds (ribs/toe) -- who remained a limited participant Friday -- would likely be in store for a three-down role as Arizona's clear lead back.

Jan 14, 2022 2:17 PM EST


Not spotted at practice Friday

Conner (ribs) wasn't seen during the portion of Friday's practice that was open to the media, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Conner suffered the rib injury during the Week 18 loss to the Seahawks and was unable to practice Thursday and Friday, and it doesn't appear he'll be taking the field at Friday's session. The 26-year-old doesn't appear to have a strong chance of suiting up for Sunday's wild-card game against the Rams, but his status should be updated later Friday when the Cardinals release their official injury report.

Jan 14, 2022 8:38 AM EST


Doesn't practice Thursday

Conner (ribs) was held out of Thursday's practice, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: After sitting out Weeks 16 and 17 due to a heel injury, Conner returned for the Cardinals' regular-season finale against the Seahawks and took on the bulk of the backfield work (21 touches on 59 percent snap share) before departing in the fourth quarter with a rib issue. Coach Kliff Kingsbury termed both Conner and Chase Edmonds (ribs/toe), who sat out Week 18 but was limited Wednesday, as game-time decisions for Monday's playoff opener at the Rams, according to Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site. With Jonathan Ward (knee) also unable to practice Wednesday, Eno Benjamin is the only healthy running back on the active roster at the moment.

Jan 13, 2022 2:40 PM EST


Considered day-to-day

Coach Kliff Kingsbury considers Conner (ribs/heel) day-to-day, saying Wednesday that the running back will be tested at Thursday's practice, Dana Scott of The Arizona Republic reports.

Analysis: Conners missed Weeks 16 and 17 with a heel injury, then hurt his ribs in the fourth quarter of the Week 18 loss to Seattle. He thus appears uncertain for Monday's matchup with the Rams, though there is some opportunity for a huge workload if he recovers quickly, as fellow Cardinals running backs Chase Edmonds (ribs/toe) and Jonathan Ward (knee) also are day-to-day with injuries.

Jan 12, 2022 11:00 AM EST


Exits with injured ribs

Conner left Sunday's game against the Seahawks with a rib injury and is questionable to return.

Analysis: Conner was injured in the fourth quarter of Sunday's contest, and it's not yet clear if he will be able to re-enter the game.

Jan 9, 2022 4:09 PM EST


Back in action Sunday

Conner (heel) is listed as active Sunday versus the Seahawks, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: The Cardinals ruled out Chase Edmonds (ribs/toe) ahead of Week 18 action, but a cloud hung over Conner's ability to suit up after missing back-to-back games due to a heel injury. Conner managed limited practices Wednesday through Friday, which was enough to allow him to return. Arizona has a chance to win the NFC West with a win and a Rams loss, so coach Kliff Kingsbury may send out Conner as he did prior to his recent absence. When Edmonds sat out Weeks 10-14 due to a high-ankle sprain, Conner averaged 20.8 touches for 99.8 yards from scrimmage per game while scoring five TDs in four outings. If Conner can't handle such a workload, though, Eno Benjamin and Jonathan Ward are the next players up at running back.

Jan 9, 2022 11:58 AM EST


Listed as questionable

Conner (heel) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Seattle, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: With backfield mate Chase Edmonds (ribs/toe) already ruled out, the Cards have some extra incentive to get Conner back in action after back-to-back missed games. Still, fantasy managers should treat him as questionable barring further updates, with Eno Benjamin and Jonathan Ward on hand for RB snaps if Conner can't go or is limited. The Cardinals are scheduled for a 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff, needing a win or a Rams loss to earn the NFC West crown.

Jan 7, 2022 2:16 PM EST


Limited again Thursday

Conner (heel) was limited at practice Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: While Conner maintained his activity level from Wednesday, fellow running back Chase Edmonds (ribs/toe) did, too, only he remained sidelined from practice. Conner has missed the last two games due to a heel injury, but considering he's healthier than Edmonds at the moment he seems to have a better shot to play Sunday against the Seahawks. Friday's injury report may provide some insight into the state of the Cardinals backfield heading into the weekend.

Jan 6, 2022 5:00 PM EST


Puts in another limited practice

Conner (heel) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Conner has missed back-to-back games (his first absences of the campaign) due to a heel injury, but he now has logged two consecutive capped sessions dating back to last week. Chase Edmonds, who has filled in for Conner as the Cardinals' lead running back, didn't practice at all Wednesday with rib and toe issues. Conner seems to be in a better place, health-wise, than Edmonds at the moment, but how the rest of Week 18 prep breaks down will determine who among the two is available Sunday against the Seahawks. When available this season, Conner has averaged 15.6 touches per game versus Edmonds' 13.3.

Jan 5, 2022 4:27 PM EST


Another absence Sunday

Conner (heel) is inactive for Sunday's game at Dallas, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: There was a glimmer of hope for Conner to return to action after he managed a limited practice Friday, his first appearance on the field since picking up a heel injury back in Week 15. While he was considered a game-time decision for a second straight contest, he'll log another DNP on his game log. Conner thus will hand most of the backfield reps to Chase Edmonds, who notched 24 touches for 127 yards yards from scrimmage and one TD in Week 16 against the Colts.

Jan 2, 2022 12:04 PM EST


Game-time decision Sunday

Though the Cardinals view Conner (heel) as a game-time decision, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport relays that there is optimism the running back will be able play Sunday against the Cowboys.

Analysis: Conner is listed as questionable for the contest after returning to a limited practice Friday following a missed session Thursday. If he is made active for Sunday's 4:25 ET contest, Conner would be in line to return to a backfield timeshare with Chase Edmonds.

Jan 2, 2022 4:59 AM EST


Questionable for Sunday

Conner (heel) returned to a limited practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Chase Edmonds (back) upgraded to full participation and thus avoids an injury designation, after handling 24 touches and 92 percent snap share in a 22-16 loss to Indianapolis last Saturday -- the first game Conner has missed all season. Conner could be a game-time decision ahead of Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff, with a potential absence locking in Edmonds for a large workload and Eno Benjamin for a backup role. If Conner plays, he'll likely return to his timeshare with Edmonds, both facing the challenge of a red-hot Dallas defense.

Dec 31, 2021 1:13 PM EST


Another absence from practice

Conner (heel) was a non-participant at Thursday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Conner now has been listed as a DNP on five consecutive injury reports, the result of a heel injury. Coach Kliff Kingsbury again considers Conner to be a game-time decision for Sunday's contest at Dallas, according to Urban. But such comments last week yielded inactive status for Conner this past Saturday against the Colts. He may head into the weekend with a questionable designation -- as he did a week ago -- while backfield mate Chase Edmonds could be listed the same way, as he was limited at the first two practices of Week 17 prep.

Dec 30, 2021 1:51 PM EST


Not practicing yet

Conner (heel) didn't practice Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Conner has yet to practice due to the heel issue that forced an appearance on Week 16 injury reports. Last week, his availability came down to the wire before not suiting up this past Saturday against the Colts. Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Wednesday that Conner will be in a similar situation as a game-time decision Sunday at Dallas, according to Urban. Conner would do himself well by mixing into drills Thursday and/or Friday, but it should be noted that position mate Chase Edmonds was limited by a back concern in Wednesday's session, placing a cloud over the Cardinals backfield.

Dec 29, 2021 1:09 PM EST


Trending toward game-time call

Coach Kliff Kingsbury indicated Wednesday that Conner (heel) remains day-to-day and will likely be a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Per the report, the same applies to wideout Rondale Moore (ankle). If Conner, who was inactive in Week 16, remains out or is limited at all this weekend, fellow running back Chase Edmonds would once again be in line for an expanded role in the Cardinals' backfield versus Dallas.

Dec 29, 2021 10:12 AM EST


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