Conner and the Cardinals have reached agreement on a three-year contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. 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.
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. Conner had his snaps limited while battling through a rib 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 despite playing just 15 games, with 15 of his 18 scores coming on the ground. He rounded out his production with 202 carries for 752 yards and 37 catches on 39 targets for 375 more yards. Given that fantastic production, the 26-year-old is bound to garner more significant interest as he reenters free agency this spring, but with many other key offensive contributors on expiring contracts, it's unclear whether the Cardinals will bring Conner back.
Conner (ribs) is listed as active for Monday's wild-card game against the Rams, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Conner managed just one limited practice this week in advance of the contest due to a rib injury suffered during a Week 18 loss to the Seahawks. While his status is 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, 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.
Conner (ribs) is listed as questionable for Monday's wild-card game at the Rams, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports. 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.
Conner (ribs) was present at the portion of Saturday's practice open to the media, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports. 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.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||Kansas City Chiefs||10||15.10|
|2||09/18||@Las Vegas Raiders||25||19.67|
|3||09/25||Los Angeles Rams||9||14.95|
|7||10/20||New Orleans Saints||2||13.18|
|10||11/13||@Los Angeles Rams||9||14.95|
|11||11/21||San Francisco 49ers||7||14.60|
|12||11/27||Los Angeles Chargers||28||20.65|
|14||12/12||New England Patriots||20||17.22|
|16||12/25||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||5||14.00|
|18||01/08||@San Francisco 49ers||7||14.60|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||162||646||8||35||280||2||152|