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James Conner ruled OUT for Week 8 vs. Vikings

We break down the news that James Conner has a ribs injury. What it means for Week 8 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 against the Vikings, per Darren Urban. Darrell Williams will be a game-day decision and Eno Benjamin will get the start.

Friday Update: Conner was not spotted at the open portion of Friday’s practice.

Thursday update: James Conner was listed as limited for a second straight practice.

Week 8 of the NFL season will see the Arizona Cardinals taking on the Minnesota Vikings. The Cardinals have been dealing with injuries all season and this week looks like it will be another week of the same. Running back James Conner continues to deal with a rib injury that saw him miss the team’s last two games. They played on a short week last week, and it wasn’t enough time for Conner to heal up. He is starting Week 8 with at least some form of practice.

Fantasy football implications for Week 8

Conner has only played in five games this season and has 54 carries for 200 yards and a touchdown. He has added 14 receptions on 19 targets for 103 yards. The Vikings are giving up middle-of-the-road numbers to opposing running backs. Conner’s workload should be enough to make him a worthy start.

If Conner is yet again ruled inactive, then it would be backup running back Eno Benjamin that gets another start. He has played well in relief of Conner and is coming off a game with 12 carries for 92 yards and a touchdown. Benjamin also had four receptions on five targets for 21 more yards. If Conner sits, go ahead and start Benjamin this week even though the matchup isn't great.