David Johnson Injury Updates

Cardinals RB David Johnson injured his wrist in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game in Baltimore and is officially questionable to return. A wrist injury cost him almost all of 2017, although it's unclear if this is related. We'll update Johnson's status when we learn more. RB Chase Edmonds is Arizona's backup.

Update: Johnson returned in the 2nd quarter. Exhale.

Cardinals RB David Johnson (quad) is not listed on the final Week 15 injury report. He sat out Wednesday but put in a limited practice on Thursday and was a full-go on Friday. The quad shouldn’t be an issue against the Falcons this weekend.

Cardinals RB David Johnson was limited in practice Wednesday because of a back injury. The fact that he took part at all indicates we shouldn't worry too much about this issue. We'll certainly keep an eye on Johnson's status into the weekend.

Cardinals RB David Johnson has received full medical clearance from last year's dislocated wrist, NFL Network reports. Johnson declared himself 100% healthy back in mid-January, so this is just confirmation. The wrist injury that cost him 15 games last year shouldn't be a factor in 2018. A healthy Johnson racked up 2,118 total yards and 20 TDs back in 2016. It'd be super optimistic to expect a repeat of those numbers this season, but Johnson certainly has the potential to top the RB position in fantasy points.

Cardinals RB David Johnson's injured wrist is fully healed, he told the team's official website. He missed all but 1 half of the 2017 season with a dislocated wrist, but it won't impact his 2018. The injury essentially granted Johnson a year off -- not insignificant considering he was coming off a 373-touch season. Johnson is still smack dab in his prime at 26 and will remain the focal point of Arizona's offense. The concerns are a new coaching staff and QB heading into 2018.

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.

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.

The Cardinals on Monday placed LT Jared Veldheer on IR. He needs surgery to repair a partially torn right triceps. He had previously suffered the same injury in his left arm in 2013 and missed 10 games after the repair. Veldheer's a big loss for an offense that has proved surprisingly inconsistent throwing the ball and just allowed 8 sacks in the loss at Carolina. QB Carson Palmer takes the biggest hit here -- literally and figuratively. We'll see what Veldheer's loss means to the running game, but the tough RB landscape keeps us from altering RB David Johnson's fantasy outlook at all.

Cardinals 2nd-year RB David Johnson's already going in Round 1 of early fantasy drafts. HC Bruce Arians doesn't seem likely to hurt that standing at all. "David's earned the right now to be the bell cow," Arians said this week, per ESPN.com. "Everybody's got to take it from him. But Chris ran for 800 (yards) and probably would have had 1,200 had he stayed healthy. Andre can break the game open." It'll take an injury or a seriously disappointing summer from David Johnson for either of those guys to "take it from him." Ellington broke down in his lone turn as the starter. Chris Johnson will turn 31 in September and has never been a good receiver. All 3 guys have garnered more than two-thirds of the team's rushing workload in their starting turns over the past 3 seasons. So when Arians says "bellcow," he means it. Look for Johnson to come out high in our 2016 projections, with Chris Johnson a decent handcuff and Ellington just a late flier.

The Cardinals re-signed RB Chris Johnson to a 1-year deal. CJ showed last season that he still has some juice left, posting 814 yards on 196 carries (4.2 YPC).  Unfortunately, he broke his leg in Week 12. He also turns 31 in September. The former Titan will need an injury to workhorse David Johnson to gain fantasy relevance.

Cardinals GM Steve Keim described RB Chris Johnson's injury as a "bone bruise" in a Monday radio appearance.  Keim labeled Johnson "day to day," but the team is still waiting for MRI results.  If he avoided any structural damage, there's a chance he could be available for Week 13.  We should learn more later today.  RB David Johnson should be owned in all fantasy leagues in case Chris misses time.

Cardinals RB Andre Ellington injured his foot just a few plays after RB Chris Johnson left with a knee injury.  Ellington is officially questionable to return.  Rookie David Johnson is next up in Arizona's backfield.

Cardinals RB Chris Johnson injured his knee in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game against the 49ers.  He headed back to the locker room with trainers and is questionable to return.  Andre Ellington and David Johnson will handle backfield duties for however long Johnson is out.

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.

Cardinals RB David Johnson is dealing with a Grade 2 hamstring injury and is "likely out another week," according to insider Mike Jurecki.  The rookie hadn't been making any training-camp noise before going down.  HC Bruce Arians called out the entire RB group on Monday, and Arizona has reportedly made a contract offer to free agent Chris Johnson.  We'll continue to keep an eye on this backfield, but Johnson looks like just a fantasy football handcuff for now.

Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (hamstring) returned to practice Monday for the 1st time since Aug. 3. It's early, so this injury might not prove to be a big deal. But it's just the latest ding for a guy with injury history running back through college and who never played a healthy down in 2014. Ellington brings plenty of talent but also obvious risk.

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said RB Andre Ellington "will continue his same role," despite the arrival of rookie RB David Johnson.  “We’ll keep him healthy and let him continue to develop as a player, but the nice thing David can do is he can do everything Andre does, so you don’t have to change if there was an injury," Arians explained.  Ellington figures to stick as Arizona's starting RB but is a long shot to match last year's 22 touches per game.  The well-rounded Johnson could chip in with 8-12 touches and bring Ellington down into the 15 range.  He was much more effective with that type of workload back in 2013.  It could still be enough to make him a solid RB2 in PPR leagues.


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