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Cardinals beat writer Bob McManaman expects the team to “squeeze even more” out of James Conner early next season. Conner signed a new contract this offseason, and Arizona will be without DeAndre Hopkins for the first 6 games. “We’ve got to be better at it,” HC Kliff Kingsbury said. “We didn’t run the ball great late last year when we needed to and when you look at those teams that made a run, they were able to still sustain the run, especially when you lose a top player like that [Hopkins]. So, we’ve got to be able to establish that early.” After losing Chase Edmonds in free agency, Conner’s current backfield competition includes Eno Benjamin and rookie Keaontay Ingram.

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Cardinals RB James Conner rushed 25 times for 120 yards (4.8 per carry) in Sunday's narrow loss to the Chargers. He added 3 catches for 20 yards and a TD among 3 targets. Keaontay Ingram claimed the only 2 other RB carries, while Corey Clement drew the only other RB target. Conner now gets a Week 13 bye and then a tough trio of RB-scoring matchups.

Cardinals RB James Conner ran for 69 yards and 2 TDs in Sunday's win over the Rams, adding 17 yards on 3 receptions. He dominated backfield work in his 2nd game back from a 3-week rib injury. RB Keaontay Ingram claimed the team's only other RB carry. No other Cardinals RB drew a target in the game. Conner gets another tough rushing matchup with the 49ers in Week 11, but the kind of work volume he got Sunday will make him a weekly starter for most fantasy football teams going forward. Eno Benjamin was active but didn't get a touch in the game.

Cardinals RB James Conner returned Sunday after losing 3 games to a rib injury. He led Arizona RBs in carries (7), rushing yards (45) and receiving (5-19 on 5 targets). Eno Benjamin logged 4 carries for 12 yards and caught his lone target for 15 more. They both watched QB Kyler Murray lead the team in rushing attempts (8) and ground yards (60). Next comes a Rams matchup that has ranked among the league's worst for RB scoring.

2:44pm EST 11/6/22

Cardinals RB James Conner (ribs) is active for today’s game vs. the Seahawks. It’ll be his first action since Week 5. In 3 healthy games this season, Conner has averaged 12.7 carries and 4.7 targets. We’ll see if RB Eno Benjamin eats into that work at all going forward.

Cardinals RB James Conner (ribs) is expected to play vs. the Seahawks later today, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. "Arizona does want to test him in pre-game warmups," Schefter adds. We won't get the Cardinals' inactives until a little after 2:30 pm ET, so you should have a late-game backup plan in place if you're hoping to use Conner. Assuming he plays, we're projecting him to step back in as Arizona's lead back. But RB Eno Benjamin could play a bigger role behind Conner than he did early in the season.

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