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David Johnson | Running Back | #31

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 12/16/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 224
College: Northern Iowa
Drafted: 2015 / Rd. 3 (86) / ARZ
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Speaking Tuesday, coach Bruce Arians said the Cardinals "hope" to have David Johnson (wrist, I.R.) back by Christmas.
The Cardinals host the Giants on Christmas Eve in Week 16. A late-December return for Johnson would be well behind the mid-November date that Johnson is first eligible to come off I.R. Slapped with a 2-3 month timetable after wrist surgery, Christmas time would be at the 3.5-month mark. It's going to be extremely difficult for owners without I.R. spots to keep Johnson on rosters tying up a spot for that long. He'd be a great add for fantasy playoffs, but you have to get there first. And Johnson will be of zero help in achieving that goal. Sep 12 - 8:39 PM

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports David Johnson will have surgery on his wrist this week and be out 2-3 months.

Johnson and the Cardinals seemed to be looking for a doctor who would advise rehab instead of surgery, but in the end they will opt for the operation. Schefter adds the Cardinals are sending Johnson to injured reserve, making his earliest return Week 10 against the Seahawks. It is also possible we do not see him again this season. Teams with IR slots should certainly stash Johnson for a potential playoff run, but teams with short benches have a tough decision on their hands. Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington will form a committee with Johnson sidelined, although Arizona also should look to bring in outside help.
Sep 12 - 11:30 AM

Speaking Monday, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said David Johnson is seeking a second opinion on his wrist injury, but that his current prognosis is the same as T.J. Logan's, who is on injured reserve with a wrist issue.

Arians called Johnson's wrist "dislocated." ESPN's Adam Schefter has pegged Johnson's two possible timelines as 2-4 weeks or 3-4 months. 3-4 months is what Logan was saddled with when he went down in early August. We will get final word some time in the next 24 hours. What's clear is that Johnson shouldn't be in Week 2 lineups.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: In Week 1, the Cardinals struggled to move the ball (18 carries for 45 yards) and the Colts defense limited Todd Gurley to 2.1 yards per carry on 19 attempts while allowing Jared Goff to pile up 306 yards and a touchdown with a 72.4% completion rate. The Cardinals may need to air it out, which presents a great bounce back spot for Carson Palmer and his receivers, who will pick up some of Johnson’s targets.
Sep 11 - 3:13 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports David Johnson (wrist) is expected to miss an "extended period of time," and is a candidate for injured reserve.

Rapsheet's report came minutes after ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Johnson and the Cardinals were still considering all the options. Schefter maintains either 2-4 weeks or 3-4 months is a possibility depending on which doctor's recommendation the Cardinals go with. Stashing Johnson on injured reserve would cost him at least eight weeks. At the very least, it's looking safe to say Johnson is going to miss this week's game against the Colts. Kerwynn Williams is the priority add for fantasy owners, though Andre Ellington will probably become PPR viable. Ellington has proven time and again he can't stay healthy with an early-down role.
Sep 11 - 2:49 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports David Johnson is meeting with wrist specialists, and surgery is a possibility.

Schefter reports a decision is expected in 24-48 hours, but that it sounds like Johnson could "miss some time." The reports have been somewhat unusually all over the map with Johnson. It's because different doctors are apparently offering up different opinions. The best-case scenario of Johnson playing Week 2 still seems to be on the table, but isn't looking particularly likely. Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington will form a committee if Johnson can't go. We also wouldn't rule out Chris Johnson being re-signed.
Sep 11 - 2:41 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports it is "possible" David Johnson (wrist) is able to play Week 2.

Reports have ranged from Johnson missing as much as half the season to as little as no time, suggesting no one actually knows. Johnson is scheduled for an MRI on Monday which should clear up the situation. Despite this positive report, Johnson owners should start making backup plans.
Sep 11 - 11:02 AM

Profootballtalk.com reports it has not yet been determined that David Johnson (wrist) will miss time.

An ESPN report had Johnson missing multiple weeks at a minimum and potentially half of the season, but PFT's "source with knowledge of the situation" says "it has not yet been determined that Johnson will definitely miss time." We should find out about Johnson's timetable by Monday, but for now the Cardinals are calling it a sprained wrist. Kerwynn Williams is technically Johnson's top backup, although Andre Ellington out-snapped Williams on Sunday.
Sep 10 - 8:02 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports a Monday MRI will determine whether David Johnson (sprained wrist) will miss a "few weeks" or "half the season or more."

Johnson has avoided a break, but it sounds like he is dealing with a significant sprain. Hopefully we get good news on Monday, but owners need to start working on backup plans. Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington should form something of a committee if Johnson is forced to miss games.
Sep 10 - 7:39 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports David Johnson suffered a sprained wrist Week 1.

Pro Football Talk already reported he was not dealing with a break, so a sprain was the most likely option. He will have an MRI on Monday to confirm. Depending on the severity, Johnson could play next week or miss a couple games. We will hopefully know more in the next 24 hours.
Sep 10 - 6:45 PM

Pro Football Talk reports X-rays on David Johnson's wrist were negative.

It means he is not dealing with a break. That is great news, but he still will have an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injury. Johnson took a big hit after a catch during the Week 1 loss to the Lions. He came back for one more play, but lost a fumble and was sent to the locker room. Kerwynn Williams is next up on the depth chart.
Sep 10 - 4:29 PM

David Johnson exited Week 1 against the Lions with a wrist injury.

Johnson took a big hit from Glover Quin at the end of a catch in the third quarter, but he returned to the game the next series. His first touch of that drive resulted in a fumble, however, and he left for the locker room. He is officially questionable to return. Kerwynn Williams replaced him in the backfield. Johnson recorded 96 total yards and six catches before exiting.
Sep 10 - 3:34 PM

David Johnson caught his lone target for eight yards in the Cardinals' third preseason game.

Johnson made a short cameo, and if you blinked, you missed it. The Cardinals already know what they have in him, and he didn't get a rushing attempt. Johnson is a consensus top-two or -three fantasy pick.
Aug 26 - 8:22 PM

Larry Fitzgerald indicated the Cardinals are supporting David Johnson's goal to finish with 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards, and believes the goal is within Johnson's reach.

The Cardinals tried hard to get Johnson there last year, but he fell 121 receiving yards short of 1,000 due in part to a Week 17 MCL injury. "I don’t think it’s going to be that difficult," Fitzgerald said of Johnson's 1,000-1,000 goal. "When you have that kind of skill set, what he has, I don’t think it’s all that difficult — he just needs the opportunities — I mean the guy is special. He should be getting 25, 30 touches a game and if he’s doing that, we’re going to be a force to be reckoned with."
Jul 30 - 2:29 PM

David Johnson reiterated on Sirius XM NFL Radio that he wants to handle 30 touches a game this season.

"I feel like there’s room for me to definitely carry more," Johnson said. "I think the biggest thing is me learning and getting better and improving. So I feel like I can definitely get that 30 touches, not all rushing obviously." Johnson added that he's "100 percent" healed from Week 17's MCL injury, which did not require surgery. Last season, Johnson handled 24.3 touches per game in Weeks 1-16. While averaging 30 touches probably isn't realistic, there is no question Johnson will remain a top-three workhorse back along with Le'Veon Bell and Zeke Elliott.
Jul 16 - 3:52 PM

David Johnson said he "definitely" thinks he can handle 30 touches per game.

This comes on the heels of coach Bruce Arians saying last month he'd like to get Johnson 30 touches per game this season. "I'm still young," Johnson said. "I'm still on my first contract. So I feel I can definitely handle 30 touches. I did it last year, basically, with running the ball and catching it out of the backfield." Johnson didn't "basically do it last year," as he averaged just over 23 touches per game, but he and Le'Veon Bell are the best bets to ever do it in today's league. Johnson has the size (6'1/224) to take the hits and the hands to rack up 5-8 catches per game. Just like last year, Johnson is going to be a fantasy league-winner.
Apr 7 - 9:20 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Carson Palmer
2Drew Stanton
3Blaine Gabbert
RB1David Johnson
2Chris Johnson
3Andre Ellington
4Elijhaa Penny
GLB1David Johnson
2Kerwynn Williams
3RB1David Johnson
2Kerwynn Williams
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2Jaron Brown
3Brittan Golden
WR21John Brown
2J.J. Nelson
3Chad Williams
WR31J.J. Nelson
TE1Jermaine Gresham
2Troy Niklas
3Ifeanyi Momah
LT1D.J. Humphries
2John Wetzel
LG1Mike Iupati
2Will Holden
C1A.Q. Shipley
2Daniel Munyer
RG1Evan Boehm
RT1Jared Veldheer
K1Phil Dawson