RB - ARI
Cardinals' HC Kliff Kingsbury relayed to the media on Friday that RB James Conner will not suit up for Arizona's season finale against the 49ers.
Conner had yet to practice this week, as he has been dealing with numerous bumps and bruises recently. Arizona has no real incentive to put their top running back out on the field in a meaningless game and he will ultimately sit out the finale. Conner's season comes to an end with a 183-782-7 rushing line over 13 games played. A committee of Corey Clement and rookie Keaontay Ingram should be set to close out Week 18 for the Cardinals.
James Conner was sidelined in practice on Wednesday.
Kliff Kingsbury labeled Conner as day-to-day after leaving last week's game early. It is possible he sits this week with the Cardinals having nothing to play for.
James Conner rushed 16 times for 79 yards and caught all three of his targets for 31 yards in the Cardinals' 20-19 loss to the Falcons on Sunday. He left the game due to a shin injury in the early fourth quarter.
Conner dominated the touches for Arizona and was efficient, averaging 4.9 yards per carry before the injury. We'll have to wait for updates to see how severe his shin injury is, but there is little reason for the Cardinals to play him next week if he's not 100%.
James Conner is off the injury report for Sunday's game against the Falcons.
Cardinals missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday due to an illness before returning to a full practice on Friday. There is worry with the Cardinals quarterback situation, but Conner will still be a near must start as not many running backs play more snaps than him.
James Conner returned to practice on Friday.
This is a great sign for his status on Sunday after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday due to an illness. As long as Conner receives at least a limited designation Friday, he should be on track to play on Sunday against the Falcons.