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Cardinals’ James Conner tops 1,000 rushing yards for 1st time in career

Jan 7, 2024, 4:41 PM | Updated: 11:24 pm

James Conner scores a TD...

Arizona Cardinals RB James Conner scores a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2023, in Glendale. (Felisa Cardenas/Arizona Sports)

(Felisa Cardenas/Arizona Sports)

GLENDALE — Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner needed 110 rushing yards against the Seattle Seahawks to reach the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career.

The running back did that and more on Sunday, racking up 112 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in the first three quarters of play. He finished with 150 yards on the ground and 54 through the air on four catches in a 21-20 loss to Seattle.

It was a typical day at the office for Conner, who ran the rock early and often for a Cardinals squad looking to end Year 1 under general manager Monti Ossenfort and head coach Jonathan Gannon with a win.

But it was a third-quarter touchdown run that really got the juices flowing for Conner and Co.

Hoping to cash in on its opening drive of the second half, Arizona looked Conner’s way both through both the air and on the ground.

After quarterback Kyler Murray lost a yard on first down, he hit Conner for a 34-yard catch and run that put Arizona near midfield. A 25-yard snag by tight end Elijah Higgins a play later had the Cardinals threatening inside Seahawks territory.

Conner did the rest, running 29 yards for the touchdown.

Not only did the running back help tie the game, he also reached a new career high for rushing yards in a season with 974.

With one more carry on Arizona’s ensuring drive, Conner reached the elusive 1,000-yard mark for the first time.

He also reached the 100-yard mark for a fourth game this season, joining David Johnson and Chris Johnson as the only Cardinals with at least four games of 100 yards in a single season since the franchise moved to Arizona in 1988.

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