Cardinals hoping James Conner’s injury isn’t too serious

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The Arizona Cardinals hoped to have both their top running backs — James Conner and Chase Edmonds — healthy and on the field together when they open the playoffs against the Los Angeles Rams next Monday.

However, in Conner’s return to the lineup after missing two games with a heel injury, he sustained a rib injury in the second half.

As of Monday, the team did not know a lot.

“He’s still being evaluated today, so we’ll see how that kind of shakes out over the next couple of days,” head coach Kliff Kingsbury told reporters Monday. “Hopefully it’s not too serious, but we won’t know for a couple of days.”

The Cardinals get an extra day because their game isn’t until Monday night, so their first practice of the week will be Thursday, giving Conner an extra day before he has to try anything.

Edmonds missed the game on Sunday with a rib injury as well.

While some might wonder why Conner even played and why he got such a heavy workload (he played 46 snaps and had 21 total touches between 15 rushing attempts and six receptions).

That was by design after missing a couple of games.

“We wanted to get him some good work and wanted to get him feeling good and comfortable again, knock some of the rust off,” Kingsbury said. “He had been out quite a while. He felt good about what went on. Unfortunately, he got nicked up, so hopefully that’s not too bad.”

The Cardinals will take on the Rams on the road Monday night at 6:15 p.m. Arizona time.

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