James Conner

Arizona Cardinals
Running Back #30
Arizona Cardinals
Running Back #30
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Truly questionable

Conner, a likely game-time decision due to an ankle injury, is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The Cardinals reportedly won't decide on Conner's availability until they've seen his pregame workout ahead of the 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff Sunday. If he ends up on the inactive list, it'll be Eno Benjamin and Darrel Williams handling most of the backfield snaps, with the nature of their workload split rather difficult to determine beforehand. Benjamin worked as the No. 2 back in Week 1 and took seven touches for 61 yards, but he then split work with Williams after Conner's early exit from the Week 2 win over Vegas. Given that Williams rose to the occasion with a long run and a goal-line touchdown to help the Cardinals secure a win, he could be the starter this Sunday if Conner is out.

Sep 23, 2022 2:37 PM EST


Likely game-time call

Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Friday that Conner (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Sunday's matchup with the Rams, Tyler Drake of ArizonaSports.com reports.

Analysis: While his ankle injury isn't too serious, Conner was unable to return to last week's game after his exit and now is in danger of missing a contest. The Rams and Cardinals are scheduled for a 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff this Sunday, with Darrel Williams and Eno Benjamin on hand as the backfield replacement if Conner doesn't play. Benjamin served as Conner's backup in the season opener, but Williams had a bigger impact after the injury last week with a long run and a touchdown in the overtime win over Las Vegas.

Sep 23, 2022 9:53 AM EST



Back to limited practice

Conner (ankle) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Tyler Drake of ArizonaSports.com reports.

Analysis: Conner left the Cardinals' eventual Week 2 win in Las Vegas with an ankle injury that sidelined him at Wednesday's session. Now that he's back on the field, he's giving himself a chance to miss no more time as a result of the issue. Still, Friday's practice report could leave him with a designation entering the weekend. If Conner is limited or out Sunday against the Rams, Darrel Williams and Eno Benjamin likely would split the touches out of Arizona's backfield.

Sep 22, 2022 4:36 PM EST


Spotted at practice

Conner (ankle) was present for Thursday's practice, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: After sitting out the Cardinals' first practice of the week, Conner, who coach Kliff Kingsbury called "day-to-day" Wednesday, was on the field Thursday, but it remains to be seen how the team lists his participation level. If the running back is out or limited at all Sunday against the Rams, Darrel Williams and Eno Benjamin would be next up for added backfield reps in Week 3.

Sep 22, 2022 8:49 AM EST


Doesn't practice Wednesday

Conner (ankle) didn't take part in practice Wednesday, Tyler Drake of ArizonaSports.com reports.

Analysis: Per Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site, coach Kliff Kingsbury called Conner "day-to-day" earlier Wednesday, but the sixth-year pro didn't end up logging any on-field work in the first session of Week 3 prep. Conner has two more opportunities to do so before the team potentially gives him a designation for Sunday's game against the Rams. If Conner is limited or sidelined this weekend, Darrel Williams and Eno Benjamin are the next players up in Arizona's backfield.

Sep 21, 2022 4:18 PM EST



Remains day-to-day

Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Wednesday that Conner (ankle) still is day-to-day, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Conner made an early departure from Arizona's Week 2 overtime win at Las Vegas due to an ankle issue. On Monday, it was revealed that he likely avoided a serious injury, but his ability to practice this week will confirm as much. Conner's activity level on Wednesday's injury report will give a sense of whether he may be trending in the right direction for Sunday's game against the Rams.

Sep 21, 2022 10:15 AM EST


Avoids long-term injury

Conner (ankle) is not expected to be dealing with a severe injury, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Conner picked up an ankle injury during Sunday's overtime win against the Raiders, but it looks like he may be able to avoid a lengthy recovery timeline. His chances of playing Week 3 versus the Rams will likely depend on the extent of his practice activity, so Conner's status will need to be monitored going forward. Eno Benjamin and Darrel Williams would stand to handle increased reps if Conner does miss time or suit up while limited.

Sep 19, 2022 9:43 AM EST


Injures ankle Sunday

Connerexited Sunday's game against the Raiders with an ankle injury.

Analysis: Prior to leaving the game, Conner had carried seven times for 25 yards and caught two of his four targets for 26 yards. Next up for the Cardinals' backfield touches in Conner's absence are Eno Benjamin and Darrel Williams.

Sep 18, 2022 3:21 PM EST


Gets into end zone in loss

Conner carried the ball 10 times for 26 yards and a touchdown and caught five of six targets for 29 yards in Sunday's 44-21 loss to Kansas City.

Analysis: While the yardage wasn't impressive, Conner showed his nose for the end zone with a two-yard plunge early in the second quarter to get the Cardinals on the board. The 27-year-old scored 18 TDs in 15 games in his first season for Arizona in 2021, and as long as Conner can stay mostly healthy he stands a good chance of reaching double digits once again.

Sep 11, 2022 5:40 PM EST


Not slated to play in preseason finale

Conner is not in line to play in Saturday's preseason finale against the Titans, Jose M. Romero of The Arizona Republic reports.

Analysis: Conner and the team's full allotment of top available skill players are thus in line to see their next game action in Week 1 against the Chiefs. While Conner is the team's clear-cut top RB, the pecking order behind him has yet to be solidified, as Darrel Williams, Eno Benjamin, Keaontay Ingram and Jonathan Ward (shoulder) continue to compete for depth chart slotting.

Aug 27, 2022 1:47 PM EST


Unlikely to play this weekend

Coach Kliff Kingsbury suggested Conner and other starters will be held out again for the Cardinals' second preseason game Sunday against the Ravens, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Kingsbury said he's leaning toward a repeat of his plan from the preseason opener, in which Conner and most other starters were held out, as was backup running back Darrel Williams. The competition in Arizona's backfield is between Williams, Eno Benjamin and Keaontay Ingram for backup roles, while Conner is locked in atop the depth chart.

Aug 15, 2022 10:50 AM EST


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


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