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Chris Johnson | Running Back | #23

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/23/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 203
College: East Carolina
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (24) / TEN
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Chris Johnson believes he and David Johnson can form the "best tandem" in the league.
"We’ll be great together," David agreed. "C.J. continues to help me out in my running, continues to teach some of the tips of the trade of how to run the ball and make it easier for me and the linemen blocking." A true three-down threat, David should dominate touches, but the elder Johnson will have a role. With every top offensive playmaker back in the fold, Arizona looks poised for another big year. May 27 - 1:54 PM

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Cardinals re-signed RB Chris Johnson to a one-year contract.

It's worth "up to" $3 million. CJ2K appears to have leveraged the Dolphins into a new deal in the desert. Johnson was a godsend for the Cardinals last season, featuring amongst the league's leading rushers for a time, but faded badly before breaking his leg. David Johnson exploded in Chris' absence, meaning he's returning as a clear backup. It's the right role for the 30-year-old Johnson at this stage of his career. Chris will come into immediate fantasy value if David ever misses time with injury.
Mar 17 - 3:42 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports free agent Chris Johnson is likely to choose between the Dolphins and Cardinals.

CJ2K visited Miami on Wednesday. It sounds like he has an offer on the table to return to Arizona, as well. Johnson would have a better shot at lead back duties with the Dolphins, who recently lost out on restricted free agent C.J. Anderson.
Mar 16 - 8:22 PM

Free agent Chris Johnson is visiting the Dolphins on Wednesday.

It's the first-known action Johnson has received this offseason, but PFT's Mike Florio reported Tuesday that things were about to heat up on CJ2K, and that he could sign with a team this week. After letting Lamar Miller leave as a free agent without much resistance and then striking out on C.J. Anderson, the Dolphins are left chasing aging veterans to pair with Jay Ajayi. Johnson had a nice 2015 with Arizona but ran out of gas the second half of the year before breaking his leg in late November. He's entering his age-31 season.
Mar 16 - 11:40 AM

Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reports free agent RB Chris Johnson could sign a new deal as early as this week.

Johnson has not taken any reported visits to this point, but Florio reports multiple teams are involved. Johnson has expressed his desire to stay with the Cardinals, but they are moving forward with David Johnson as their three-down workhorse. The artist formerly known as CJ2K rushed for 814 yards and three scores in 11 games with the Cardinals last season.
Mar 15 - 1:00 PM

Free agent Chris Johnson said he and the Cardinals have mutual interest in a new contract.

Johnson was one of the bigger bargains of the season after signing a one-year, $870,000 deal with the Cardinals just ahead of training camp last summer. He averaged 4.2 YPC but really fell off late in the season before breaking his tibia and missing the final five weeks and the playoffs. 2016 will be his age-31 season, however, and Arizona is set to turn the backfield over to David Johnson. CJ2K would be solid veteran depth, but it's unclear how willingly he'd fill that role.
Source: FOX Sports
Feb 23 - 9:43 PM

Chris Johnson (broken leg, I.R./return) confirmed he'll be "ready to go" if the Cardinals advance to the Super Bowl.

Johnson resumed practicing last week but isn't eligible to play in Sunday's NFC Championship game against Carolina. In SB50, Johnson could perhaps fill a lightly used change-of-pace role behind workhorse rookie David Johnson.
Source: USA Today
Jan 19 - 3:53 PM

Chris Johnson (broken leg, I.R./return) has resumed practicing.

Johnson is on pace to return should the Cardinals advance to Super Bowl 50. Johnson isn't eligible for the Divisional or Conference Championship rounds. Even if the Cardinals advance and Johnson is ready, David Johnson would likely carry the mail in Santa Clara.
Jan 12 - 5:14 PM

Chris Johnson (broken leg, I.R./return) is expected to participate in "some parts" of Cardinals practice this week.

Stashed on I.R./return, Johnson is only eligible for the Super Bowl, but the fact that he's ready to resume practicing suggests he'd be ready for the big game a month from now were the Cardinals to advance. With David Johnson playing so well in CJ2K's absence, he'd probably be little more than a change of pace in Santa Clara.
Jan 5 - 6:57 PM

Chris Johnson (broken leg, I.R./return) expects to be ready to play if the Cardinals make the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl 50 is the only game for which Johnson would be eligible after landing on I.R./return two weeks ago. Even if Johnson gets cleared and is active for a theoretical title appearance, we'd expect him to be a mere change of pace after missing over two months of action.
Tue, Dec 15, 2015 03:34:00 PM

Cardinals placed RB Chris Johnson (broken leg) on injured reserve/designated to return.

It effectively ends Johnson's season, but he could be activated for Super Bowl 50 if the Cardinals make it to Santa Clara. It leaves the 9-2 Cardinals with a backfield duo of Andre Ellington and David Johnson, though for now it's just Johnson as Ellington nurses a case of turf toe. Although CJ2K's efficiency had waned in recent weeks, he's a big loss for a team whose running game was among the league's worst before his arrival. 6-foot-1, 224-pound David Johnson seems like a power back on paper, but struggles to push the pile between the tackles. Either way, he's the top waiver add for Week 13 as the new feature back in Arizona's No. 1-ranked offense.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 04:48:00 PM

The Arizona Republic believes the earliest Chris Johnson (broken leg) could return is the NFC Championship Game.

That's in 54 days. It's not far-fetched that the Cardinals could reach the conference title tilt, but we'd guess injured reserve is Johnson's most likely destination. Johnson is in the midst of his best season since 2012, but heading into free agency with a major injury will dent his appeal as he goes on 31.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 04:05:00 PM

FOX Sports 910's Mike Jurecki reports Chris Johnson is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks with a fractured tibia.

He is almost certainly done for the regular season, and it remains possible we do not see Johnson again even if the Cardinals make a deep playoff run. With Andre Ellington also sidelined by turf toe, rookie David Johnson could be the starter the rest of the way. He is easily the No. 1 waiver add this week.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 09:37:00 AM

FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports Chris Johnson has a fractured tibia.

Glazer reports Johnson will miss an "extended period of time," but the team is still "gathering info" on Johnson's timetable. Johnson seems unlikely to be a fantasy factor for the season's remainder. With Andre Ellington battling a nagging turf toe injury, the Cardinals will turn to David Johnson as their feature back for the foreseeable future. The stars are aligning for the third-round rookie to be an impact fantasy asset down the stretch.
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 06:00:00 PM

Chris Johnson (knee) was spotted with a "significant limp" on Monday.

GM Steve Keim has said Johnson has a bone bruise, but an MRI could reveal further injury. Johnson has never missed a game with injury in his eight-year career, but he's looking less than 50-50 for Week 13. With Andre Ellington (toe) also ailing, David Johnson is one of this week's top waiver adds.
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 01:13:00 PM