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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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ESPN Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss listed Chris Johnson as the team's first-string running back in his starting lineup projections.
Weinfuss created a stir in early June when he suggested the player once known as CJ2K would start over David Johnson this year. Weinfuss is back and doubling down, omitting David from his starting lineup projections in favor of the elder Chris. In a recent video on Cardinals.com, venerable longtime beat reporter Darren Urban stated emphatically that David is Arizona's feature back and "I don't know how anyone would suggest otherwise at this point." Jul 21 - 12:07 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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In an ESPN prediction piece, Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss suggested that Chris Johnson could beat out David Johnson for Arizona's starting running back job.

This wasn't a bold prediction or hyperbole-based piece. The predictions were compiled from beat writers and ESPN analysts and (other than this one) were pretty realistic. Weinfuss predicted that Chris "will claim the starting job," and Chris and David will ultimately form a "dynamic thunder and lightning backfield." It's certainly not a prediction we'd be willing to make, but noteworthy if Chris has a bigger 2016 role than expected.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 1 - 4:30 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Carson Palmer
2Drew Stanton
3Matt Barkley
4Jake Coker
RB1David Johnson
2Chris Johnson
3Andre Ellington
4Stepfan Taylor
5Kerwynn Williams
GLB1David Johnson
2Chris Johnson
3RB1David Johnson
2Andre Ellington
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2Michael Floyd
3Jaron Brown
4Jaxon Shipley
5Chris Hubert
WR21John Brown
2J.J. Nelson
3Brittan Golden
4Amir Carlisle
5Marquis Bundy
WR31Michael Floyd
TE1Darren Fells
2Jermaine Gresham
3Troy Niklas
4Gerald Christian
5Ifeanyi Momah
LT1Jared Veldheer
2Rob Crisp
3Givens Price
LG1Mike Iupati
2Clay DeBord
3Jake Bernstein
C1A.Q. Shipley
2Evan Boehm
3Taylor Boggs
RG1Evan Mathis
2Earl Watford
3Antoine McClain
RT1D.J. Humphries
2Cole Toner
3John Wetzel
K1Chandler Catanzaro