James Conner
RB ARI (13)
Mon 3/14/22 12:28 PM

Conner and the Cardinals have reached agreement on a three-year contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
EDGE 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 Edmonds; if not, Conner could take on a three-down role again.

James Conner
RB ARI (13)
Tue 1/18/22 12:13 AM

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.
EDGE 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.

James Conner
RB ARI (13)
Mon 1/17/22 6:49 PM

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

James Conner
RB ARI (13)
Sat 1/15/22 4:30 PM

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

James Conner
RB ARI (13)
Sat 1/15/22 11:56 AM

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

James Conner
RB ARI (13)
Fri 1/14/22 5:17 PM

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

James Conner
RB ARI (13)
Fri 1/14/22 11:38 AM

Conner (ribs) wasn't seen during the portion of Friday's practice that was open to the media, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Conner, who suffered the rib injury during the Cardinals' Week 18 loss to the Seahawks, was unable to practice Thursday and looks set to miss another session. The 26-year-will have one more opportunity Saturday to take the field ahead of Monday's wild-card matchup with the Rams.

James Conner
RB ARI (13)
Thu 1/13/22 5:40 PM

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

James Conner
RB ARI (13)
Wed 1/12/22 2:00 PM

Head 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.
EDGE Analysis
Conner 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 wild-card matchup with the Rams, though there's some opportunity for a huge workload if he recovers quickly. Fellow Cardinals running backs Chase Edmonds (ribs/toe) and Jonathan Ward (knee) also are day-to-day with injuries, with neither looking like a safe bet to suit up for the postseason opener.

James Conner
RB ARI (13)
Sun 1/9/22 7:09 PM

Conner left Sunday's game against the Seahawks with a rib injury and is questionable to return.
EDGE 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. Fellow running back Jonathan Ward also exited the game, leaving Eno Benjamin as the Cardinals' only healthy running back.