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James Conner OUT for Week 6 vs. Seahawks

We break down the news that James Conner has a ribs injury. What it means for Week 6 and beyond.

Running back James Conner #6 of the Arizona Cardinals looks on prior to the first half of their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on October 02, 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Friday PM Update: Conner has been ruled OUT for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Thursday PM update: Conner is expected to miss Sunday’s matchup with the Seahawks, per Aaron Wilson. With Darrell Williams also likely out, Eno Benjamin should be the lead back.

Thursday update: Conner was once again missing from practice, per Darren Urban. It’s looking more and more like Eno Benjamin will get the start.

Wednesday PM update: Conner was a DNP in practice on Wednesday of Week 6.

Wednesday update: The Cardinals have signed Ty’son Williams and Corey Clement to their practice squad, per Darren Urban. With Ward on I.R. and Williams and Conner both dealing with injuries, these signings don’t give us much new info other to say the Cardinals are dealing with multiple injuries at running back. In the end, Conner or Benjamin will be the players you want to roster or fantasy football.

The Arizona Cardinals came out of their Week 5 game battered and bruised at the running back position. James Conner, Darrel Williams and Jonathan Ward all suffered some form of injury that could affect their playing time in Week 6. Conner is dealing with a rib injury that has him questionable for this week’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Fantasy football implications

If Conner plays, he should be started in your fantasy football lineup. He could be limited, but the matchup and his talent will likely be too good to pass up. The Seahawks are giving up the fifth-most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. Conner should be able to have a solid fantasy week if he is active.

If Conner sits, things are going to get interesting. Williams has already been ruled out, and Ward is heading to IR. If you are looking for a running back on Arizona to play, it would be Eno Benjamin, who finished out the game last week. He had eight carries for 25 yards and a touchdown on the ground and caught three passes for 28 yards through the air. Benjamin would likely see a huge workload if Conner misses time and would be an interesting flex play giving the opportunity and matchup.