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Cardinals RB Andre Ellington might be in for a workload boost against the Browns on Sunday. “I think BA (head coach Bruce Arians) has stuff for him and he didn’t get to it, but I’m sure he’ll get to it this week," OC Harold Goodwin told The Arizona Republic. "As you saw (Monday night), there was a series where I think he pretty much was in there the whole series because he (Arians) wanted to get him going. He’s got fresh legs, obviously.” Whether Ellington will get enough touches to be fantasy-viable remains to be seen. He garnered 5 carries and 3 catches in last Monday's win over Baltimore but hasn't touched the ball more than 8 times since Week 1. He's better left out of fantasy football lineups in most cases until we see him get more work, but Ellington will make sense vs. a bad Cleveland run D in deeper leagues or on teams struggling at RB. We'd also keep Chris Johnson in starting lineups for the prime matchup after a terrific outing against the Ravens.

Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (knee) is probable for Sunday’s game against the Lions. He put in full practices on Thursday and Friday, so he shouldn’t have any restrictions. Ellington will work behind Chris Johnson, though, leaving him as a risky RB3 or flex.

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians suggested that RB David Johnson will drop to 3rd on the depth chart with RB Andre Ellington back this week.  “It’s not hard, because the young guy sits down,” Arians said of the crowded RB situation.  Johnson has flashed big-play ability, averaging 5.7 yards per carry and 15.2 yards per catch.  But he lost a fumble and dropped a TD last week.  Johnson could earn his way into a larger role later this year, but he belongs on fantasy benches for now.  Chris Johnson is currently Arizona's lead back, while Ellington will return in a change-of-pace role.

Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (knee) is inactive for today’s game against the Rams. Chris Johnson will lead the backfield in touches, with David Johnson again serving as the #2 RB.

Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (knee) is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Rams after a limited week of practices. HC Bruce Arians reiterated on Friday that Ellington is a game-time decision. If he plays, he’ll work behind RB Chris Johnson vs. a stout run defense.

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said Tuesday that he expects RB Chris Johnson to remain a "15-20 touch" guy going forward.  Of course, this is the same Arians who said last year that RB Andre Ellington would see 25-30 touches per game.  The takeaway here, though, is that Johnson will remain heavily involved -- perhaps even as the lead back.  The 30-year-old has averaged a decent 4.2 yards per carry through 3 games.  Still, he's the least talented player among Arizona's RB trio, so we'd expect Johnson's role to shrink at some point.  The Cardinals backfield is best off avoided in a tough Week 3 matchup against the Rams.

Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (knee) is listed as doubtful for this weekend's game against the 49ers.  HC Bruce Arians called him a game-time decision on Friday, but Ellington isn't going to play.  He did return to a limited practice on Friday, so he has a good shot to return for Week 4.  RB Chris Johnson figures to lead Arizona's backfield in touches this Sunday, but rookie RB David Johnson's role should grow.

Cardinals insider Kent Somers believes RB David Johnson’s touches “should increase” following Sunday’s performance in Chicago. It’s a no-brainer after he rushed 5 times for 42 yards and a score and took the opening kickoff 108 yards to the end zone. Arizona gave Chris Johnson 20 carries, but he predictably struggled en route to 72 yards. David Johnson won’t overtake the veteran immediately, but he should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Cardinals RB Andre Ellington is expected to miss 2-3 weeks with a Grade 1 PCL sprain, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson.  It's relatively good news after Ellington crumbled yesterday with what looked like a potential season-ender.  His absence will give RBs Chris Johnson and David Johnson a shot to carve out bigger roles, though.  Chris is expected to lead the backfield in touches while Ellington is out, but David is the more intriguing talent.

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians suggested that Chris Johnson will be the team's lead back while Andre Ellington (knee) is sidelined. “I thought Chris looked good,” Arians said of the veteran's Week 1 performance. “He’ll get more touches and we will feel very confident if he is our lead dog.”  We did think that Chris looked better than his 10-37 rushing line would suggest.  But David Johnson had the play of the game, taking his only touch for a 55-yard TD.  The rookie is clearly the more explosive Johnson at this point.  We're expecting a committee attack as long as Ellington is out, but Chris will be the favorite to lead the backfield in Week 2 touches.

Cardinals RB Chris Johnson returned to the field Tuesday and is expected to play in Thursday's preseason finale, according to the Arizona Republic. The veteran had been dealing with a hamstring pull, which has seemed to be a rite of passage for Arizona RBs this summer. We'll see what the former Jet and Titan has left, but anything more than a #3 role behind Andre Ellington and rookie David Johnson seems unlikely.

Cards RB Chris Johnson will miss roughly 2 weeks with a pulled hamstring. Signed just days ago, CJ now might not even make the final roster. He’s barely a late-round flier in 12-team drafts.

When asked whether RB Chris Johnson could see time as the Cardinals' feature back, HC Bruce Arians told the Arizona Republic: "If he wins it. I'm open to anything once you win it." That's how it should be in an Arizona backfield currently led by Andre Ellington, who has yet to spend a healthy season as an NFL starter. We're certainly not betting on Johnson beating out Ellington for the lead role, and we are betting on Ellington to hold a big lead in touches over the rest of his backfield mates. But the Cards seem ready to at least allow competition for RB roles. We'll see what the next couple of preseason games might reveal.

Cardinals RB David Johnson (hamstring) returned to a full practice on Tuesday.  He missed a big chunk of training camp and the 1st preseason game.  The addition of RB Chris Johnson probably provided some extra motivation to get back on the field.  Johnson has some catching up to do but still has the ability to carve out a role this season.  We'll be keeping a close eye on the Arizona backfield over the next few weeks.

The Cardinals have officially reached a deal with free-agent RB Chris Johnson, according to Darren Urban of the team website. That comes the same day that rookie RB David Johnson returned to practice after 2 weeks down with a hamstring injury. We should now get a Johnson & Johnson battle for the top handcuff spot behind injury-risky Andre Ellington. And with unproven Robert Hughes currently leading the charge for goal-line duties, any number of roles could be up for grabs. We won't get excited about CJOK, who looked just serviceable with the Jets last year. But any RB who gets into an NFL starting lineup carries some fantasy relevance.

NFL Network reports that RB Chris Johnson will undergo a physical with the Cardinals on Sunday. That sounds like the near-final step to the veteran free agent signing with Arizona. We'll see what happens over the next couple of days, but that would certainly put Johnson into a situation with plenty of opportunity upside.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora "wouldn't be shocked" if the Cowboys sign RB Chris Johnson at some point during training camp or the regular season.  La Canfora isn't exactly reporting here, but it's likely that he's heard that Dallas is at least monitoring the former Titan and Jet.  Johnson was a victim in a drive-by shooting back in March but has received full medical clearance.  He turns 30 in September and is well past his prime.  But he averaged a respectable 4.3 yards per carry in New York last year and could at least compete with Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar in Dallas.

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