Cardinals’ running back James Conner returns from injured reserve

Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner (6) eludes the reach of Cincinnati Bengals...
Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner (6) eludes the reach of Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)(Ross D. Franklin | AP)
Published: Nov. 8, 2023 at 12:43 PM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Good news, Cardinals fans! The Red Birds’ offense could look very different in the coming weeks. On Wednesday, the team designated running back and captain James Conner to return from the injured reserve list, opening his 21-day practice window. Conner has been sidelined since Oct. 8, when he hurt his knee after a 35-yard run.

Conner could be activated for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, but the team has the option to wait up to three weeks before adding him back to the active roster. The veteran running back had two stellar back-to-back games earlier in the season against the Cowboys and Giants. In both games, Conner rushed for roughly 100 yards and scored a touchdown. He had also rushed for over 60 yards before going down with the injury against the Commanders.

The news comes just a day after quarterback Kyler Murray was activated from the reserve/physically unable to perform (PUP) list, and is expected to start on Sunday. Murray hasn’t seen game action in nearly a year when he tore his ACL last December against the New England Patriots.

Sunday’s game kicks off at 2:05 p.m. at State Farm Stadium in Glendale and will be live on CBS 5.

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