While James Conner was having his monster game Sunday, Chase Edmonds was doing what he could to support the team -- including coming all the way down to the end zone after one of Conner's touchdowns to celebrate with his backfield mate.
That's all Edmonds, who suffered an ankle injury on the Cardinals' first play of the game, could do. And it might be all he can do for a while.
While multiple reports Monday said Edmonds has a high-ankle sprain, will miss multiple weeks and could go on injured reserve, coach Kliff Kingsbury was not willing to go that far -- although Kingsbury did say he did not expect Edmonds to be available Sunday against the Panthers.
A trip to IR requires a player to miss at least three games; if Edmonds went on IR this week, he would get a month off, given that the Cardinals' bye is after the next two games.
In the meantime,Conner will be the focal point out of the backfield, and figures to open the door for playing time for Eno Benjamin. Benjamin scored his first NFL touchdown Sunday on a 21-yard run, and has made strides since essentially "redshirting" as a rookie in 2020.
"Just how far he's come, on and off the field," Kingsbury said of Benjamin. "Last year, he was trying to figure it out and I truly didn't know if he would make it. This year he's like a different person, the work ethic, the focus. Any time he touches the ball he has a chance to do something special. I think everyone is really proud of the progress he's made."
Depth at running back is now thin, however. Jonathan Ward is still dealing with a concussion, although Kingsbury said he wasn't sure if Ward might be available this week. The Cards also have Tavien Feaster on the practice squad. Kingsbury was non-committal to whether the Cardinals might add a running back to the roster.
"We're going to see how Ward progresses and take it from there," Kingsbury said.