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Chris Johnson | Running Back

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/23/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 203
College: East Carolina
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Chris Johnson (knee) was limited in Thursday's practice.
The Cardinals also limited the reps of Larry Fitzgerald. Johnson will continue to serve as Arizona's lead back in Sunday's juicy matchup with the 49ers. Nov 26 - 4:13 PM

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Chris Johnson (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

It's not clear when Johnson suffered the injury. The Cardinals could be managing his reps. Johnson is set up for a big Week 12 with a matchup against the 49ers.
Nov 25 - 7:46 PM

Chris Johnson had 18 carries for 63 yards and caught one pass for two yards in the Cardinals' Week 11 win over the Bengals.

The Cardinals continued featuring Johnson as their workhorse, giving only three touches to Andre Ellington. He had a long run of only nine yards, and didn't have any red-zone chances. There wasn't much running room for Johnson behind a not fully healthy offensive line. Johnson is a top-10 play against the 49ers in Week 12.
Nov 23 - 12:25 AM

Chris Johnson had 25 carries for 58 yards in Sunday night's Week 10 win over Seattle.

Johnson struggled for running room behind an offensive line that lost LG Mike Iupati in the first half. He dominated touches, but lost 37 snaps to Andre Ellington. Johnson has been inconsistent despite a renaissance year, averaging under 4.0 YPC in 5-of-9 games. He'll be a lower-end RB2 against the Bengals in Week 11.
Nov 16 - 12:58 AM

Chris Johnson rushed 30 times for 109 yards in the Cardinals' Week 8 win over the Browns.

He didn't catch a pass and also lost two fumbles without scoring a touchdown. Johnson did have a shot at a one-yard score, but it was called back on a false-start penalty. Larry Fitzgerald caught a six-yard touchdown on the next play. Johnson's 30 carries were his most in a game since Week 3 of 2010. He remains locked in as the Cardinals' clear No. 1 back. Johnson got the yards in the dream matchup against Cleveland's awful run defense, but the two turnovers and no scores didn't help fantasy owners. Johnson gets the Seahawks on the road in Week 10 after the bye.
Nov 1 - 5:06 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Cardinals and Chris Johnson have discussed a contract extension, though no deal is imminent.

Johnson is second in the NFL in rushing yards with 567 and doesn't seem to be showing any signs of slowing down. The contract Johnson signed during training camp was only a one-year deal. A long-term contract for CJ2K would certainly cloud the futures of Andre Ellington and David Johnson. It's tough to imagine Johnson getting more than a one or two-year deal at age 30.
Nov 1 - 8:52 AM

Chris Johnson rushed 18 times for 122 yards and one touchdown in the Cardinals' Week 7 win over the Ravens on Monday night.

A large chunk -- 62 yards to be exact -- came on a fluky run where the Ravens tackled Johnson for a very minimal gain, or so they thought. Johnson was sitting on NT Brandon Williams and wasn't down by contact. Everyone quit on the play except Johnson, and he got up and ran another 60-ish yards before being caught from behind. His most impressive run was a 26-yarder in the first quarter. It was a stretch run to the right that Johnson brought all the way back to the left while spinning off multiple tackles. He gets a cake matchup on the road against the Browns' awful run defense in Week 8. The Browns have allowed at least 100 total yards to one running back in every game this season.
Oct 26 - 11:53 PM

Chris Johnson racked up 40 yards on 14 carries while adding one catch for five yards in the Cardinals' Week 6 loss to the Steelers.

He got off to a rough start, fumbling on his first play from scrimmage. It didn’t look like he was expecting the handoff on the play. Johnson wasn’t much of a factor aside from an 11-yard rush late in the first quarter. Despite his ineffectiveness, Johnson still hogged most of the carries, giving fantasy owners some reason for optimism heading into next week’s battle against Baltimore on Monday Night Football.
Oct 18 - 5:19 PM

ESPN Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss expects Chris Johnson to remain the team's starting running back.

"I think they’ve seen what he does for the offense, and I don’t think there’s any need to change that," Weinfuss said. Even with Andre Ellington back, Johnson led the team in carries last week and would have dominated snaps if not for the lopsided score. Johnson's touchdown upside is in question after David Johnson scored on two goal-line carries last week, but he is still an RB2 against the Steelers.
Source: ESPN
Oct 17 - 12:01 PM

Cardinals GM Steve Keim said the team "will look at" extending RB Chris Johnson's contract.

Johnson signed an incentive-laded, one-year deal in August to be Andre Ellington's backup. With Ellington injured, Johnson emerged as the Cardinals' lead back, and his 405 rushing yards are the second-most in the league. Johnson just turned 30 last month and has shown he still has juice in his legs. A multi-year extension which gives Johnson some security could work for both sides.
Oct 12 - 1:09 PM

Chris Johnson delivered 103 yards on 11 carries in the Cardinals' Week 5 win over the Lions.

Johnson did most of the work but got none of the glory as backups Andre Ellington and David Johnson combined for three touchdowns. The game got out of hand early and Johnson barely played in the second half. Johnson is on pace for 1,296 yards, which would be his most since 2010. Even with David vulturing some of his goal-line carries, CJ2K remains a weekly RB2 consideration. Next week he gets the Steelers.
Oct 11 - 8:11 PM

Even with Andre Ellington (knee) back at Wednesday's practice, Carson Palmer continued to rave about Chris Johnson.

Fifth in the NFL in rushing yards, Johnson has averaged five-plus yards per carry in back-to-back games. Palmer believes Johnson is also doing the little things well. "He’s a great (pass) protector (and) really, really smart," Palmer said. "He picked up the offense as fast as anybody picked it up since I’ve been here." The Cardinals' website believes coach Bruce Arians "seems set with Ellington and Chris Johnson as his main options." David Johnson will focus on kick returns.
Oct 7 - 8:13 PM

Chris Johnson rushed 16 times for 83 yards in the Cardinals' Week 4 loss to the Rams.

He caught all three of his pass-game targets for 11 yards. With Andre Ellington (knee) being held out, Johnson dominated backfield touches, out-carrying rookie David Johnson, 16-3. Chris continues to look spry and shifty with some juice in his legs and picked up some chunk gains against an aggressive Rams defense. Ellington should be back Week 5 against the Lions, but CJ2K remains the favorite to lead this backfield in carries for the time being. He's a low-end RB2.
Oct 4 - 7:55 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Chris Johnson will start at running back Sunday against the Rams.

It's a huge vote of confidence for Johnson, especially with Andre Ellington (knee) likely to return after a two-week absence. It's unclear if Arians envisions Johnson as the long-term starter or if Ellington will return to that role once he's back to full strength. Either way, Johnson certainly deserves RB2 consideration against the Rams this week.
Oct 2 - 3:54 PM

Coach Bruce Arians said he expects Chris Johnson to get 15-20 touches per game, even with Andre Ellington (knee) set to return Week 4.

Arians has always been a bit of a wishful thinker when it comes to getting his running backs touches, especially since taking over as Arizona's head coach. But the takeaway here is that Johnson, coming off a 110-yard, two-touchdown, 22-carry rushing game against the 49ers, is going to remain a key cog in the Cardinals' offense. CJ2K has looked rejuvenated in Arizona through three weeks, flashing his early-career playmaking ability. Ellington has been a disappointment since his 2013 rookie season. He and David Johnson will mix in behind CJ2K.
Sep 29 - 11:01 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Carson Palmer
2Drew Stanton
3Matt Barkley
RB1Chris Johnson
2Andre Ellington
3David Johnson
4Stepfan Taylor
GLB1Chris Johnson
2Andre Ellington
3RB1Andre Ellington
2Chris Johnson
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2John Brown
3Jaron Brown
WR21Michael Floyd
2J.J. Nelson
3Brittan Golden
WR31John Brown
TE1Jermaine Gresham
2Darren Fells
3Troy Niklas
LT1Jared Veldheer
2Bradley Sowell
LG1Mike Iupati
2Ted Larsen
C1Lyle Sendlein
2A.Q. Shipley
RG1Jonathan Cooper
RT1Bobby Massie
2Earl Watford
3D.J. Humphries
K1Chandler Catanzaro