The Arizona Cardinals are in line to receive massive reinforcements on the offensive side of the ball on Sunday. Per NFL insider Adam Schefter, the Cardinals plan to open the practice window for running back James Conner this week.
In addition to preparing Kyler Murray to play Sunday vs. Atlanta, the Cardinals also are hoping to open the practice window for RB James Conner, who has been on injured reserve the past four games recovering from his knee injury. So two key Cardinals both are on their way back.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 7, 2023
Conner landed on the injured reserve (IR) after a knee injury in his team’s Week 5 loss against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Cardinals are also preparing to return franchise cornerstone and quarterback Kyler Murray on Sunday against Atlanta.
Arizona Cardinals RB James Conner: Looking to Continue Efficient Season
James Conner was off to a fantastic start before hurting his knee in the fifth game of the season. He had 68 rush attempts for 364 yards and two scores while adding eight catches for 30 yards through the air. Conner is in his third year with Arizona. The former Pittsburgh Steelers third-round pick had a career year in 2021, rushing for 15 touchdowns and earning his second Pro Bowl nod.
The Arizona Cardinals’ rushing attack has been nearly nonexistent since Conner went down. Emari Demercado, Keaontay Ingram, and Damien Williams have offered little production in his stead. Demeracdo averages 4.0 yards per rush, while Ingram sits at a lowly 2.2 yards per carry. Conner will again provide Arizona with a true three-down back.
Kyler Murray: Return Imminent
James Conner should continue to find success on the ground, especially with the return of quarterback Kyler Murray. The signal-caller has missed the entirety of the season rehabbing from a torn ACL suffered late last year, but the Cardinals plan for him to debut in Week 10. Murray, a two-time Pro Bowler and the former first overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft has thrown 84 touchdowns against two interceptions in his 57 NFL games. Meanwhile, he will take over for last Sunday’s starter, Clayton Tune. The rookie is just 12-of-21 for 62 yards and two picks this season.