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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
Contract: view contract details

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Cardinals GM Steve Keim said he looks forward to "rewarding" contract-year RB David Johnson.
Coming off a season lost to injury, Johnson held out of mandatory minicamp. "I don’t think there is any question David is one of our core players and someone we look forward to having a long-term future with," Keim said. "There’s no doubt in my mind moving forward that we will keep a positive outlook and again, look forward to rewarding him just like we have players in the past." Old for a prospect when he entered the league in 2015, Johnson turns 27 in December. Jun 14 - 2:08 PM

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David Johnson is officially absent for Cardinals minicamp.

Coming off a year lost to injury, Johnson isn't messing around heading into his contract season. It's a wise move for a 26-year-old running back with massive workloads and a punishing style. Transitioning at quarterback, the Cardinals are going to need Johnson out there to carry the offense in 2018.
Jun 12 - 1:39 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports David Johnson will skip this week's mandatory minicamp.

Set to earn just $1.88 million in the final year of his deal, Johnson is looking for a long-term extension. Schefter reports the "two sides have been in discussions" and "are hopeful a new deal will be reached before the start of the season." Johnson missed all but one game last season with a wrist injury, but he recorded 2,118 yards from scrimmage and 20 total touchdowns in 2016.
Jun 12 - 11:29 AM

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo expects the Cardinals to extend contract-year RB David Johnson before the season.

Johnson missed all but one 2017 game to wrist surgery. He doesn't have a ton of leverage, but it's possible he could hold out. The Cardinals want to avoid having to franchise Johnson next offseason and may view training camp as a window to get him at a discount. Johnson would make just $1.9 million if he plays out this year without a new deal.
Source: NFL Network
Jun 8 - 6:25 PM

AZCentral's Kent Somers reports David Johnson's undisclosed injury is "not serious."

There was some concern after Johnson missed time this week with an unidentified issue, but it seems like the Cardinals were just being cautious. As of now, it does not appear there is anything to worry about. Johnson should come off the board in the first five picks of fantasy drafts.
Jun 8 - 4:05 PM

Speaking on Good Morning Football, David Johnson said his "goal is still 1,000 rushing, 1,000 receiving."

Johnson came close as a sophomore, recording 879 receiving yards to go along with 1,239 rushing yards. He hoped to record a 1,000/1,000 season last year, but he was derailed by a wrist injury which cost him all but one game. Back to full health, he is setting his sights high once again. Considering Johnson's ability in the passing game and the Cardinals' issues at receiver, it is a reachable goal.
May 17 - 10:06 AM

Cardinals coach Steve Wilks said David Johnson (wrist) is expected to be ready for OTAs.

It is not a surprise after Johnson was deemed 100 percent healthy in January. A new coaching staff brings some uncertainty, but a Johnson should still dominate the backfield work in Arizona.
Mar 27 - 7:50 AM

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

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

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QB1Sam Bradford
2Josh Rosen
3Mike Glennon
RB1David Johnson
2Chase Edmonds
3D.J. Foster
4T.J. Logan
GLB1David Johnson
2Elijhaa Penny
3RB1David Johnson
2Chase Edmonds
FB1Derrick Coleman
2Elijhaa Penny
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2J.J. Nelson
3Chad Williams
4Greg Little
5Carlton Agudosi
WR21Christian Kirk
2Brice Butler
3Rashad Ross
WR31Brice Butler
TE1Ricky Seals-Jones
2Gabe Holmes
3Bryce Williams
4Beau Sandland
5Jermaine Gresham
LT1D.J. Humphries
2John Wetzel
3Korey Cunningham
LG1Mike Iupati
2Daniel Munyer
3Vinston Painter
C1A.Q. Shipley
2Mason Cole
RG1Justin Pugh
2Evan Boehm
3Josh Allen
RT1Andre Smith
2Will Holden
K1Phil Dawson