David Johnson Injury Updates

Cardinals RB David Johnson (ankle) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’ll return for Sunday’s game vs. Tampa Bay. The question is how much work he’ll cede to RB Kenyan Drake. It’s also a tough matchup against the league’s #2 RB defense. Consider Johnson more of a RB2 this week.

Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds is expected to miss "a few weeks" with the hamstring injury he suffered in yesterday's loss to the Saints, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Arizona has a Week 12 bye, so Week 13 seems like the most realistic return date for Edmonds. We'll see what the backfield looks like at that point with David Johnson rehabbing his ankle injury and Kenyan Drake now in the mix.

The Cardinals have agreed to send a conditional 2020 draft pick to the Dolphins in exchange for RB Kenyan Drake, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Arizona has lost RB David Johnson to an ankle injury and RB Chase Edmonds to a hamstring injury over the past couple of weeks. Both guys seem unlikely to be ready for Thursday night's game against the 49ers. Schefter confirms that Drake "could be in line for significant work" in that one. There's nice short-term opportunity here, so Drake is worth rostering in all fantasy leagues. But he figures to struggle for volume when Johnson and Edmonds get healthy.

The Cardinals have signed RB Alfred Morris. The 30-year-old averaged 3.9 yards on 111 carries for the 49ers last year. In Arizona, he'll slot in as veteran insurance behind Chase Edmonds for however long David Johnson is out with his ankle injury.

Cardinals RB David Johnson didn't practice on Wednesday and is listed on the injury report with an ankle. It was a back issue that limited D.J. in practice last week. This could just be a rest day for Johnson, and we'll find out more tomorrow. But RB Chase Edmonds should be stashed in pretty much all fantasy leagues.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Cardinals RB David Johnson is expected to play against the Falcons today -- "barring a setback" -- despite the back injury that rendered him questionable. An active Johnson belongs in fantasy lineups against the defense that allowed 53 points to the Texans a week ago. Chase Edmonds can still be a deeper PPR option, but last week marked the 1st time this season he collected more than 6 touches.

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.

 
 
 

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