The Cardinals are hoping to get RB David Johnson back in December after he undergoes wrist surgery on Thursday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. So it sounds like the team is planning on Johnson missing closer to 3 months than 2. Week 13 is December 3rd, so that's looking like the best-case scenario for his return. Fantasy owners in leagues with shallow benches and no IR spot will need to drop D.J.
Cardinals RB David Johnson will undergo surgery on his dislocated wrist this week and is expected to be sidelined 2-3 months, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Johnson will be placed on IR but has a chance to be tabbed the "designated-to-return" player. Still, we're looking at a mid-November return -- or somewhere around Week 10 or 11 -- as the best-case scenario. He'll be tough to carry on fantasy rosters unless your league has an IR spot or deep benches. With Johnson sidelined, Arizona will turn to a committee backfield of Kerwynn Williams, Andre Ellington and possibly Elijhaa Penny, D.J. Foster and/or a free-agent addition. Williams is the best fantasy bet, but we're treating him only as a RB3 or flex at this point. Ellington has a shot to be an asset in PPR leagues.
The Cardinals have plucked RB D.J. Foster from the Patriots' practice squad. He went undrafted last year and totaled just 8 touches as a rookie. The Arizona State product goes 6'0, 195 pounds and played some RB and WR over a 4-year college career that featured 444 carries and 222 catches. We'll keep an eye on Foster, but he's not yet worth owning in fantasy football. His addition is a sign, though, that the Cardinals won't lean too heavily on any 1 back in David Johnson's absence.
Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said Monday that RB David Johnson has been diagnosed with a dislocated wrist. He's going for a 2nd opinion on the next course of action. But if the 2nd opinion is the same as the 1st, Johnson will undergo surgery and be placed on IR. He'd still have a shot to return after 8 weeks as the "designated-to-return" player, but even that would obviously be a big blow to fantasy owners.
Cardinals RB David Johnson is expected to miss an "extended period of time" with the wrist injury he suffered in Sunday's loss to the Lions, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "Getting more opinions, but an IR candidate," Rapoport adds. It's unclear if Johnson would be out for the season or a "designated-to-return" candidate. We'll continue to update his status as we learn more. Check the Week 2 Free Agent Focus for our thoughts on the Cardinals backfield without Johnson.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that a Monday MRI will report whether a his sprained wrist will cost him "a few weeks" or "half the season or more." Johnson owners should figure out whether they need to go after RB Kerwynn Williams on waivers this week while we await official word.
X-rays on Cardinals RB David Johnson's wrist came back negative, according to Pro Football Talk. He's scheduled for an MRI tomorrow. It at least looks like Johnson escaped without a serious injury here, but he might still miss time. We'll continue to update his status when we learn more. Arizona has a juicy upcoming RB schedule, with games with the Colts, Cowboys and 49ers the next 3 weeks. Kerwynn Williams will operate as the lead back if Johnson is out.
Cardinals RB David Johnson injured his wrist in the 2nd half of Sunday's opener against the Lions. He returned, fumbled on his 1st carry and then headed back to the locker room. Johnson is officially questionable to return. RB Kerwynn Williams is operating as Arizona's lead back.
The Cardinals have released RB Chris Johnson. The 31-year-old signed in mid-July but struggled this preseason, averaging 3.2 yards per carry and fumbling twice. The former 2,000-yard rusher's NFL career is just about over. Johnson's release leaves Kerwynn Williams as the best handcuff to David Johnson, although he's only worth rostering in deep-bench fantasy leagues.
The Cardinals used a 5th-round pick to add North Carolina RB T.J. Logan. The fastest RB at the Combine (4.37-second 40 time) projects as a change-of-pace option at the next level. He never topped 120 carries in any of his 4 seasons at Chapel Hill and goes just 5'9, 196 pounds. Logan did turn in 26- and 29-catch campaigns, though, and looks like a natural receiver on tape. He also tallied 5 kick-return TDs in college. Logan could quickly ascend to the #2 spot on Arizona's depth chart but won't see enough work to be a fantasy factor behind workhorse David Johnson.
Cardinals RB David Johnson (knee) declared himself back to 100% while participating in a charity flag football tournament over the weekend. “My wheel is good,” he said, referring to the knee he injured in the 2016 season finale. “Good to go already. Back training, full throttle. Doing everything.” Johnson avoided surgery on the sprained MCL and will be available for the offseason program. He's in the mix to be the 1st player off the board in 2017 fantasy drafts.
Cardinals RB David Johnson led his position in catches (80) and receiving yards (879) in 2016. But he believes he can be even better in the passing game going forward. “The biggest thing is my route running,” Johnson said. “I remember all the routes I messed up on and I probably would have had 1,000 yards this year. That’s where I want to get, 1,000 yards receiving and rushing. So I feel like the biggest thing I want to work on is those routes.” Only 2 RBs in NFL history -- Roger Craig and Marshall Faulk -- have reached 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in the same season. Johnson is capable of becoming the 3rd, though, based on his skill set, role in the offense and the pass-heavier era in which he's playing. He's the early favorite to be the 1st player off the board in 2017 fantasy drafts.
Cardinals RB David Johnson has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL and will not need surgery, HC Bruce Arians said. Johnson is expected to need 6-8 weeks of rehab. So he should be ready for the start of the offseason program and will definitely be ready for training camp, barring setbacks. Johnson finished the 2016 season with a massive 2,118 total yards and 20 TDs. His 411.8 PPR points were the 9th most by a RB in NFL history.
"Initial tests" on Cardinals RB David Johnson's knee revealed meniscus damage, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. It's believed that Johnson's ACL is intact. He'll undergo an MRI on Monday to confirm. If those results hold, it'll be extremely good news. We'll continue to keep you updated on fantasy football's top RB.
Cardinals RB David Johnson injured his left knee in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the Rams. He limped off the field under his own power but was carted back the locker room. We'll update his status when we learn more.
Cardinals RB David Johnson rushed 20 times for 80 yards and added 5 catches (8 targets) for 41 yards. Johnson converted a 2 pointer on a catch, helping his fantasy value on a rare day where he failed to score 6. Overall, Johnson was hurt by sloppy field conditions and a poor performance from Carson Palmer. He’s set to rebound in a big way next week vs. New Orleans.
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