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Chris Johnson | Running Back | #23

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 9/23/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 203
College: East Carolina
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (24) / TEN
Contract: view contract details

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Cardinals coach Bruce Arians expects Chris Johnson's carries to increase in Week 3.
Making his 2017 debut, Johnson had 11 carries in Week 2, soundly out-playing Kerwynn Williams. Arians appears ready to give Johnson a chance to run with starting duties during David Johnson's absence. Fantasy players shouldn't expect more than an RB3 day, but Johnson is worth scooping up in leagues where he remains unowned (admittedly, probably not many). Sep 21 - 4:11 PM

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Speaking Monday, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Chris Johnson could move up the depth chart for Week 3.

Johnson was easily the Cardinals' best runner in Sunday's narrow win over the Colts. He should get the first chance to establish the hot hand in Week 3 against the Cowboys, but Kerwynn Williams is unlikely to be phased out altogether. A washed Andre Ellington will do his best to change the pace. If at all possible, the situation is best avoided in fantasy leagues.
Sep 18 - 3:19 PM

Chris Johnson rushed 11 times for 44 yards in the Cardinals' Week 2 win over the Colts.

Johnson was the Cardinals' best runner in this game, and although he opened the contest behind Kerwynn Williams, Johnson wound up starting the second half and handling clock-milking work. Still, the Cardinals' backfield has almost no fantasy appeal because of the wide-ranging rotation. None of its members finished with more than 11 touches in Sunday's 16-13 victory.
Sep 17 - 4:34 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Chris Johnson will back up starter Kerwynn Williams Sunday against the Colts.

Andre Ellington will be the primary back on third downs with Johnson handling change-of-pace duties behind Williams. Johnson won't be an appealing fantasy option, even in a plus matchup against a Colts squad that let up 46 points in Week 1.
Sep 17 - 9:34 AM

Cardinals re-signed RB Chris Johnson.

This was expected after David Johnson was sent to injured reserve with a wrist injury. It is not clear what Johnson's role will be after the Cardinals decided to keep Kerwynn Williams over him at final cuts, but he is worth a speculative add in most formats. Andre Ellington will also have a role in the muddled backfield.
Sep 12 - 12:59 PM

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports the Cardinals intend to re-sign Chris Johnson.

It makes sense after David Johnson was sent to injured reserve with a wrist injury. Johnson did not look great in the preseason, however, and the Cardinals kept Kerwynn Williams over him for a reason. Johnson is not guaranteed a role, but he is worth a speculative add in deeper leagues.
Sep 12 - 11:45 AM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the team is considering re-signing free agent RB Chris Johnson following David Johnson's wrist injury.

It's an obvious development with David expected to miss a minimum of 2-4 weeks. Were he to land back in the desert, Chris would form a three-man committee with Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington.
Sep 11 - 3:18 PM

Cardinals released RB Chris Johnson.

Johnson re-signed just before training camp and didn't look the same in preseason, losing out for the Cardinals' No. 2 running back job to Kerwynn Williams. Andre Ellington appears safe for now as Arizona's No. 3 back.
Sep 1 - 2:34 PM

Chris Johnson rushed six times for 31 yards in the Cardinals' third preseason game.

He dropped his lone target. Johnson also fumbled twice, losing one. Entering his age-32 season, Johnson was re-signed in late July. Johnson has averaged just over 3.0 YPC this preseason and isn't a lock to make the team ahead of Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington. Johnson also doesn't play special teams.
Aug 26 - 8:25 PM

Chris Johnson rushed four times for eight yards and caught three passes for five yards in the Cardinals' second preseason game.

It was not an exciting performance, but Johnson notably worked as the clear No. 2 back. Arizona would likely turn to a committee of sorts if something happened to David Johnson, but CJ2K would be the best fantasy bet.
Aug 19 - 11:29 PM

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

The deal includes $200,000 in guaranteed money with a base salary of $1 million. It's the best possible outcome for the former 2,000-yard rusher, who turns 32 in September. Johnson has found a nice niche as a Bruce Arians reserve, but was limited to four games by a groin injury last season. His explosion is long gone, but Johnson can still follow blocks and go station to station. The Cardinals' official website expects him to remain the No. 2 behind David Johnson. A committee would emerge were DJ to go down with injury, limiting Johnson's appeal as a handcuff.
Jul 20 - 3:17 PM

Free agent Chris Johnson says he expects to sign with a team before training camp.

Johnson confirmed he’s been in talks with the Cardinals and is open to returning. He added his primary goal is to play for a contender. Arizona may not have room for Johnson after moving Andre Ellington to running back. Johnson is just 463 yards shy of 10,000 career rushing yards.
Jun 7 - 6:06 PM

Free agent RB Chris Johnson reiterated his desire to continue his playing career.

Johnson, 31, said getting to 10,000 career rushing yards is a motivating factor. He currently sits at 9,537 in 32nd place all time, and only 29 players ever have accumulated 10,000 yards on the ground. CJ2K said he remains in "close contact" with the Cardinals, and a "few teams" have also shown interest.
Jun 2 - 11:08 AM

Free agent Chris Johnson intimated he plans to continue his playing career.

"I definitely know I can still make plays," Johnson said. "I definitely know I still have my speed." Johnson was injured in Week 4 last season and missed the remainder of the season after having sports-hernia surgery. Before going down, Johnson still looked like he can hit the edge with the best of them. Entering his age-32 year, Johnson can still help a team in a bit role.
Feb 28 - 8:34 PM

Chris Johnson (groin, I.R.) said he plans on playing next season.

Johnson underwent sports hernia surgery after injuring his groin in Week 4. The Cardinals declined to make him their designated player to return, instead choosing CB Tyvon Branch. Johnson has had his last two seasons cut short due to injuries but still feels he has something to offer. The 31-year-old is headed for free agency.
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 04:38:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
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