James Conner

Arizona Cardinals
Running Back #30
Arizona Cardinals
Running Back #30

James Conner News

Ruled out for season finale

Conner (shin/knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Tyler Drake of ArizonaSports.com reports.

Analysis: The Cardinals are left with Corey Clement and Keaontay Ingram in the backfield, after mostly using Clement last week when Conner made his early exit from a 20-19 loss to Denver. There hasn't been any indication it's the sort of injury that might require surgery, and there's a good chance Conner is back with the Cardinals in 2023 given that his $5.75 million base salary is fully guaranteed, per OverTheCap. A $2 million roster bonus due in mid-March is one potential complicating factor, along with the possibility of the Cardinals bringing in a new coaching staff.

Jan 6, 2023 10:55 AM EST

Sits out again Thursday

Conner (knee/shin) didn't practice Thursday, Tyler Drake of ArizonaSports.com reports.

Analysis: Conner was forced from the Cardinals' Week 17 loss in Atlanta with a shin injury in the fourth quarter, and while coach Kliff Kingsbury told Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com on Monday that the running back was day-to-day, he has yet to mix into drills this week. There was a positive sign Thursday when Conner took part in the team stretch during the open portion of the session, but he proceeded to hit the sidelines for individual drills. He thus has only one more chance to practice Friday before Arizona potentially makes a ruling on his status for Sunday's season finale in San Francisco. If Conner is limited or out, Keaontay Ingram and Corey Clement are the backfield options on the team's active roster, while Ty'Son Williams resides on the practice squad.

Jan 5, 2023 4:23 PM EST

Present for practice Thursday

Conner (knee/shin) was spotted at practice Thursday, Tyler Drake of ArizonaSports.com reports.

Analysis: After logging a 'DNP' Wednesday, Conner's presence on the field Thursday suggests that he could be available Sunday against the 49ers. The Cardinals' upcoming injury report will provide clarity with regard to the running back's official participation level.

Jan 5, 2023 10:26 AM EST

Doesn't practice Wednesday

Conner (knee/shin) was a non-participant at Wednesday's walkthrough, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Conner departed this past Sunday's game in Atlanta in the fourth quarter due to a shin issue, ending Week 17 with 19 touches for 110 yards from scrimmage. On Monday, coach Kliff Kingsbury termed Conner day-to-day but called his injury "nothing major" after X-rays were returned negative, according to Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com. Conner also was listed with a knee concern on Wednesday's practice report, so with a pair of injuries, his activity level will continued to be watched to get a sense of the running back's potential to play Sunday in San Francisco.

Jan 4, 2023 2:59 PM EST

Considered day-to-day

Head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday that Conner (shin) is day-to-day, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Conner left the Week 17 loss to Atlanta in the fourth quarter due to a shin injury, but Kingsbury said the issue was "nothing major" and that X-rays were negative. The 2017 third-round pick's participation in practice should be monitored closely, but it appears like he's trending in the right direction ahead of Arizona's season finale against San Francisco on Sunday.

Jan 2, 2023 1:01 PM EST

Picks up injury Sunday

Conner sustained a shin injury during Sunday's game in Atlanta, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Prior to his departure in the fourth quarter, Conner had 16 carries for 79 yards and three catches (on three targets) for 31 yards. With Conner sidelined, the Cardinals are down to Keaontay Ingram and Corey Clement as options out of the backfield.

Jan 1, 2023 12:41 PM EST

Good to go

Conner (illness) returned to practice Friday and doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Falcons, Tyler Drake of ArizonaSports.com reports.

Analysis: His return as a full participant after back-to-back missed practices sets Conner up for another large workload, though at some point the Cardinals might consider giving their backups some playing time with a playoff berth out of the equation. Conner topped 90 percent snap share in four of the past five games, and he should get plenty of touches Sunday in Atlanta even if he fails to match that number again.

Dec 30, 2022 1:23 PM EST

Not seen at practice

Conner (illness) wasn't spotted during the media-access portion of Thursday's practice, Tyler Drake of ArizonaSports.com reports.

Analysis: Conner missed Wednesday's walk-through session due to an illness, so what the running back is able to at Friday's practice will added further context in terms of his chances of suiting up Sunday against the Falcons. Next up for the Cardinals' backfield touches if Conner is limited or out versus Atlanta are Keaontay Ingram and Corey Clement.

Dec 29, 2022 10:22 AM EST

Comes down with illness

Conner missed Wednesday's walkthrough due to an illness, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Conner has been a workhorse for Arizona's backfield over the last six games, racking up 130 touches for 605 yards from scrimmage and seven TDs during that span. An illness is keeping him off the practice field to start Week 17 prep, but he'll have two more chances to mix into drills Thursday and Friday and avoid a designation ahead of Sunday's visit to Atlanta.

Dec 28, 2022 2:04 PM EST

Productive night in OT loss

Conner rushed 15 times for 79 yards and a touchdown and brought in seven of eight targets for 41 yards in the Cardinals' 19-16 overtime loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday night.

Analysis: Conner put together an efficient effort that featured both a 22-yard run and 22-yard reception. The versatile veteran logged all the Cardinals' running back touches except for one that went to rookie Keaontay Ingram, and his early-fourth-quarter touchdown run gave him a rushing score for the third consecutive contest. Conner's reception and receiving yardage totals were also season highs, affording him plenty of momentum going into a favorable Week 17 road matchup against the Falcons.

Dec 25, 2022 9:21 PM EST

Punches in seventh touchdown

Conner recorded 16 rushes for 63 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-15 loss to the Broncos. He added three receptions on five targets for 28 yards.

Analysis: Conner accounted for 16 of Arizona's 17 carries by running backs, though he was largely held in check. He did manage to break free for a 14-yard run early in the third quarter and also tallied a 16-yard reception midway to account for his longest gains of the day. Conner also punched in a late touchdown from one yard away -- his seventh score of the season. He may find it difficult to find running room without Kyler Murray (knee) under center, but Conner has seen at least 15 rushing attempts in four of his last five games.

Dec 18, 2022 5:38 PM EST

Efficient night in loss

Conner rushed 15 times for 85 yards and a touchdown and brought in six of seven targets for 29 yards in the Cardinals' 27-13 loss to the Patriots on Monday night. He also recovered a fumble.

Analysis: Conner opened the night with a nine-yard reception and six-yard rush before disaster struck on the next play and Kyler Murray went down with what appeared to be a serious knee injury on a non-contact play. The versatile back remained an integral part of the gameplan with Colt McCoy under center, often serving as a safety valve for the veteran and also recording a 10-yard touchdown run with 2:59 remaining in the first half. Conner has put together his two best performances of the season in the Cardinals' last pair of contests, and if Murray's injury is as devastating as it seemed, the veteran running back could be in line for an even bigger role in coming weeks.

Dec 12, 2022 8:49 PM EST

Tallies 140 yards, scores

Conner rushed the ball 25 times for 120 yards in Sunday's 25-24 loss to the Chargers. He added three receptions for 20 yards and a touchdown.

Analysis: Conner accounted for 25 of 27 carries allotted to Arizona running backs and turned in his best effort of the season by a wide margin. He took advantage of a leaky Chargers' run defense to rip off runs of 20 and 18 yards and also found the end zone on a six-yard reception early in the fourth quarter. Conner will continue to see tremendous volume, though it's worth keeping in mind that he had not topped 70 rushing yards in a game this season entering Sunday's matchup.

Nov 27, 2022 5:17 PM EST

Touchdown saves inefficient effort

Conner rushed the ball 14 times for 42 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 38-10 loss to the 49ers. He added two receptions on five targets for 12 yards.

Analysis: Conner joined the rest of the Cardinals' offense by turning in a fairly abysmal performance. However, he salvaged his stat line with a two-yard touchdown plunge late in the second quarter. Otherwise, his effort was highlighted by inefficiency and mistakes -- highlighted by a drop early in the second quarter that led directly to San Francisco's second touchdown of the game. With Arizona's running back depth chart extremely thin, Conner is likely to see all the volume he can handle, though that may not lead to standout production.

Nov 21, 2022 9:51 PM EST

Finds end zone twice in win

Conner carried the ball 21 times for 69 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 27-17 win over the Rams. He also caught all three of his targets for 17 yards.

Analysis: The 27-year-old back hadn't scored since Week 1, but a healthy Conner finally regained the nose for the end zone he displayed in 2021. He punched in his first TD late in the second quarter on a four-yard run, then scored on a nine-yard scamper midway through the fourth. Conner will look to keep rolling in Week 11 against a 49ers defense he scored three touchdowns against in two meetings last year.

Nov 13, 2022 8:24 PM EST

Quiet in Week 9 return

Conner carried the ball seven times for 45 yards and caught all five of his targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 31-21 loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: Seeing his first action since Week 5 after recovering from a rib injury, Conner saw 12 touches to Eno Benjamin's five but was still out-gained on the ground by Kyler Murray. The workload split in the Arizona backfield might be due to Conner's layoff, but Benjamin may also have shown enough over the last three games to retain a role in the offense, leaving Conner's upside somewhat in question heading into a Week 10 road matchup against the Rams.

Nov 6, 2022 5:40 PM EST

Back in action Sunday

Conner (ribs) is active for Sunday's game versus the Seahawks.

Analysis: The Cardinals are welcoming back Conner for the first time since Week 5, when he suffered a rib injury that forced three consecutive absences. He was limited in practice for the entirety of Week 9 prep, and his availability Sunday was contingent on a pregame warmup, so there's a chance he operates in a timeshare with Eno Benjamin and, to a lesser extent, rookie sixth-round pick Keaontay Ingram in his return to action. On the season, Conner has averaged 3.7 yards on his 54 carries, hauled in 14 of 19 targets and scored one rushing touchdown in parts of five games.

Nov 6, 2022 11:38 AM EST

Expected to play

Conner (ribs), officially listed as questionable, is expected to play Sunday against Seattle, Fox's Jay Glazer reports.

Analysis: Earlier reports suggested that the Cardinals plan to test Conner during pre-game warmups before determining his availability but Glazer's report is more optimistic. Either way, there's still some uncertainty about Conner's status that won't be resolved until Arizona's inactives are posted ahead of the team's 4:05 ET kickoff. Eno Benjamin and Keaontay Ingram are on hand to log added snaps Sunday if Conner experiences any setbacks in warmups or in-game (if active).

Nov 6, 2022 9:54 AM EST

Trending toward playing Sunday

The Cardinals plan to test Conner (ribs) out during pre-game warmups, with Adam Schefter of ESPN indicating that the running back is likely to play Sunday against the Seahawks.

Analysis: Conner is officially listed as questionable for the contest after practicing in a limited fashion this week, with his Week 9 status set to be confirmed either way when the Cardinals' inactives are posted ahead of the team's 4:05 ET kickoff. Eno Benjamin and Keaontay Ingram are on hand to log added snaps Sunday if Conner experiences any setbacks in warmups or in-game (if active).

Nov 6, 2022 8:20 AM EST

Hopeful for Week 9 return

The Cardinals are "hopeful" that Conner (ribs), officially listed as questionable, will return for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Conner has missed the last three games but managed to log a limited practice each day leading up to the Week 9 matchup against Seattle. He remains a true game-time decision, with his pre-game work ultimately set to determine his status. If he's able to suit up, Conner would likely retake the lead-back role from Eno Benjamin, though his workload could be monitored in the short term.

Nov 5, 2022 6:53 PM EST

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