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David Johnson | Running Back | #31

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/16/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 224
College: Northern Iowa
Drafted: 2015 / Rd. 3 (86) / ARZ
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David Johnson (wrist) is back to 100 percent health.
Johnson is finally healthy after his injury cost him all but one game and 17 touches. It will be an offseason of change for Johnson, who must adjust to a new coach and is headed into the final year of his rookie contract. Although Bruce Arians relies on three-down bellcows to an unusual degree, whomever replaces him will do the same with Johnson. Johnson turned 26 in December. Jan 18 - 7:13 PM

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Coach Bruce Arians admitted David Johnson (wrist, I.R.) hasn't "made expected progress" and isn't expected to return this season.

"None of the guys on IR have made expected progress in rehab, so as of today, no one is expected to return this season," Arians said. That seems to go for Carson Palmer (arm) as well. The Cardinals seem to realize their season is in the gutter and circling the drain at 4-6. Owners holding onto Johnson can likely cut bait without consequence. He'll be 100 percent for the offseason.
Wed, Nov 22, 2017 03:45:00 PM

David Johnson (injured reserve) said his surgically-repaired wrist is "still pretty weak."

"I’m pretty stiff. I’m still getting the range of motion," Johnson said. "But I'm making progress." Johnson had his cast removed this week, but he still has stitches in which complicate his rehab. Johnson said he hopes to return "soon," but it seems unlikely he will be back in time to help fantasy owners this season.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Nov 16, 2017 12:18:00 PM

David Johnson (wrist surgery, I.R.) has shed his cast and will now begin rehab in hopes of a late-season return.

Johnson has said publicly he wants to play this season, but coach Bruce Arians expressed skepticism that would be a possibility. Johnson needs to restore the strength in his wrist and his range of motion. The Arizona Republic believes the Cardinals may ultimately balk at bringing Johnson back even if he is healthy late in the season should they fall out of the playoff race.
Mon, Nov 13, 2017 04:45:00 PM

David Johnson (wrist surgery) is having his cast removed on Monday.

It's the most important day in Johnson's rehab in a while, as doctors can then assess his progress and establish a rehabilitation plan. Johnson has said he wants to return no matter what this season, even if the Cardinals are well out of the playoff race. We could get a firmer return timetable next week. Right now it's just "December?"
Thu, Nov 9, 2017 05:57:00 PM

David Johnson (wrist, injured reserve) said he is "staying optimistic" about returning this season.

Both coach Bruce Arians and GM Steve Keim threw cold water on Johnson's return Tuesday, but the back is still holding out hope. "I’m still trying to get on the field as soon as I can, but I’ve got to be 100 percent," Johnson said. "I’ve got to make sure the wrist is 100 percent." Even if Johnson returns this season, it does not appear as if he has any shot of getting back on the field before the fantasy playoffs. He is not a must-hold for teams fighting for a playoff spot.
Thu, Nov 2, 2017 09:26:00 AM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians expects David Johnson (wrist surgery) to miss the remainder of 2017.

Arians joins GM Steve Keim in expressing public pessimism that Johnson will return this season. Johnson himself has also said he's unsure if he'll play again in 2017. At this point, the preponderance of evidence suggests Johnson is done, even though he's technically eligible to return in November. Fantasy owners holding onto Johnson for possible playoff contributions can move on.
Tue, Oct 31, 2017 03:47:00 PM

Cardinals GM Steve Keim was noncommittal on David Johnson (wrist) returning from injured reserve.

Keim said the running back is doing well in his rehab, but added, "We will continue to monitor that to see if he can come back this season." It is certainly not a definitive statement, and Darren Urban notes Keim's tone was less optimistic than he expected. With the season veering off the rails following Carson Palmer's injury, it would not be surprising if the Cardinals are extremely careful with their star running back.
Tue, Oct 31, 2017 12:27:00 PM

David Johnson (wrist surgery) admitted he doesn't know when he'll be able to return to football action.

"I hope I do get back, but I really don’t know," Johnson said. "The wrist is a complicated limb and it’s tough to say, just because I still have this cast on. I haven’t even started rehab so I don’t know yet." It sounds like Johnson is still very much in the healing and rehab process. Fantasy owners can't count on Johnson to make a late-season impact at this point.
Fri, Oct 27, 2017 02:06:00 PM

Speaking in a Wednesday radio interview, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Thanksgiving is the "earliest" David Johnson (wrist surgery) could return.

"Rehab’s going great," Johnson himself said on Wednesday. "Just got my cast. Feeling good." Johnson also said he's without a timetable for a return. Technically, Johnson could return in early-November, but the Cardinals aren't pretending that's a possibility. When Johnson first went down, Arians said he hoped to have him back by Christmas. Week 12 is probably a long shot.
Thu, Oct 12, 2017 01:35:00 PM

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.
Tue, Sep 12, 2017 08:39:00 PM

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.
Tue, Sep 12, 2017 11:30:00 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.
Mon, Sep 11, 2017 03:13:00 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.
Mon, Sep 11, 2017 02:49:00 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.
Mon, Sep 11, 2017 02:41:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
RB1David Johnson
2Adrian Peterson
3Elijhaa Penny
4D.J. Foster
5T.J. Logan
GLB1David Johnson
2Adrian Peterson
3RB1David Johnson
2D.J. Foster
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2Chad Williams
WR21J.J. Nelson
2Carlton Agudosi
3Rashad Ross
WR31Chad Williams
TE1Jermaine Gresham
2Ifeanyi Momah
3Ricky Seals-Jones
4Gabe Holmes
LT1D.J. Humphries
2John Wetzel
3Vinston Painter
LG1Mike Iupati
2Daniel Munyer
C1A.Q. Shipley
2Max Tuerk
RG1Evan Boehm
2Josh Allen
RT1Jared Veldheer
2Will Holden
K1Phil Dawson