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James Conner takes part in Saturday’s practice, listed as questionable for Wild Card round vs. Rams

We break down the news that James Conner is dealing with a ribs injury and what it means for the Wild Card round of the 2022 NFL Playoffs.

Running back James Conner #6 of the Arizona Cardinals rushes the football past outside linebacker Leonard Floyd #54 of the Los Angeles Rams during the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on December 13, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. The Rams defeated the Cardinals 30-23. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Saturday update: Conner did practice Saturday, but remains a game-time decision Monday against the Rams.

Friday PM update: Conner did not practice Friday per the team’s official injury report, which means his status for Monday’s game is in doubt. This makes sense, as Kliff Kingsbury said the running back would be a game-time decision earlier in the week.

Friday AM update: Conner wasn’t seen at the beginning of practice, per Darren Urban. This is a sign that he will again miss practice due to his ribs injury. His head coach said he would likely be questionable for their game against the Rams this weekend, and that could still very well happen on the final injury report.

Thursday PM update: Kliff Kingsbury told reporters that Conner will likely be a game-time decision, per Josh Weinfuss.

Thursday update: Conner was working on the side on Thursday, per Josh Weinfuss. Working on the side usually means the player won’t practice that day, but we won’t know for sure until the injury report comes out or the coach talks about Conner after practice. With a ribs injury, a player usually can play if he can withstand the pain, so not practicing doesn’t mean he won’t be able to play.

Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner is considered “day-to-day” with ribs injuries, per Dana Scott. Conner dealt with a heel injury over the last couple weeks, but was able to play in Week 18. In their Week 18 game, he was unable to finish due to the ribs injury. The good news is that head coach Kliff Kingsbury says that he will test out his injury on Thursday.

His running mate, Chase Edmonds, missed last week’s game, but will also test out his toe and ribs injury as well. With Edmonds dealing with injuries for much of the season, Conner has seen the lead role on numerous occasions, but even when he was sharing time with Edmonds, he was finding the end zone.

In the season, Conner has 202 carries for 752 yards and 15 touchdowns. His 3.7 yards per carry isn’t great, but the man has a nose for the end zone and is trusted around the goal line.

Fantasy football implications

If one of Conner or Edmonds is unable to go, the other will be an automatic play as the lead back, but if both are playing, it becomes trickier, but Conner’s touchdown upside gives him an edge.