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James Conner returns to practice on Friday of Week 15

Cardinals RB James Conner returned to practice on Friday. We break down what it means for Week 15 and beyond.

Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner (6) celebrates after scoring a rushing touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams during the fourth quarter at State Farm Stadium. 
Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner celebrates after scoring a rushing touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams during the fourth quarter at State Farm Stadium.
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Friday update: Conner is practicing on Friday, per Darren Urban. This is a good sign for his availability on Sunday. Chase Edmonds has been practicing all week, so he could end up seeing the bulk of the work if Conner is limited or out.

Thursday update: Darren Urban did not spot Conner on the field during the open portion of practice on Thursday. We’ll get an official ruling when Arizona releases its practice report later.

Wednesday update: Conner did not practice Wednesday, which is expected with the nature of his injury.

Wednesday update: Conner is considered “day-to-day” with his ankle injury, per Darren Urban. We’ll see how much he can practice this week, but Chase Edmonds appears ready to return to the field as well.

Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said RB James Conner will undergo an MRI for an ankle injury he sustained in Monday’s loss to the Rams. Conner said after the game he would be fine, so this appears to be for precautionary reasons only. WR DeAndre Hopkins, who also suffered an injury in Monday’s game, is getting an MRI on his leg.

Fantasy football implications

Conner has been a fantasy stud this year, improving from short-yardage and goal line situational running back to all-around star. He’s also contributing in the receiving game, so it’s tough to see him come down with an injury. Conner has great value right now, but Chase Edmonds should be back this week and Eno Benjamin has been serviceable. If the MRI results come back with no issues, the Cardinals will likely give Conner the regular workload. However, there’s a chance they will take a more cautious approach ahead of the postseason with their star runner.