Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said Thursday that RB Chris Johnson's carries "will likely go up this week." Johnson led the backfield with 11 attempts and 44 rushing yards in the Week 2 win over the Colts -- although he wasn't targeted in the passing game. We'd still try to avoid this backfield in Week 3 fantasy lineups, but Johnson looks like the best bet if you need to dabble.
Cardinals HC Bruce Arians talked on Wednesday about his plans for a David Johnson-less backfield. "Kerwynn [Williams] will start in this game [against the Colts]," Arians said. "Andre [Ellington] will spell him and play third down. And Chris [Johnson] will get some carries." Arians didn't mention RB Elijhaa Penny, but we're still looking at a 3-man committee. Williams is the top Week 2 play but should be considered no better than a RB3 or flex. Johnson could end up playing a bigger role if Williams falters. And Ellington has a shot to emerge as the top PPR play in the backfield.
The Cardinals have signed RB Chris Johnson. The 31-year-old was released at final cuts after a rough preseason. He's now the most experienced back on Arizona's roster, but the fact that Kerwynn Williams was kept instead of Johnson a few weeks ago makes Williams the better fantasy bet. At least for now. With Andre Ellington and potentially Elijhaa Penny also involved, this is quickly becoming a backfield to stay away from.
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 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.
Cardinals RB David Johnson left late in the 2nd quarter of the Sunday night game at Philly after taking a shot to the front of his right knee. The knee seemed to bend backward awkwardly on the hit. We'll see what the diagnosis is. Fortunately for fantasy owners, he had already reached 112 yards rushing and scored twice before leaving. Kerwynn Williams is the next man up.
Update: Johnson returned for the 1st possession of the 2nd half.
The Cardinals have placed RB Chris Johnson (leg) on IR-designated-for-return. He's not eligible to play unless Arizona makes the Super Bowl. The Cardinals will move forward with RBs David Johnson, Stepfan Taylor and Kerwynn Williams. RB Andre Ellington is week-to-week with turf toe.
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