The news is in about the severity of David Johnson’s injury, and they are not good ones. Sources have told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Cardinals’ running back will have a wrist surgery this week and that he will likely miss 2 or 3 months. Johnson suffered an injury during a reception in the Sunday’s game against Detroit Lions, which Cardinals lost 35-23.
Cardinals' RB David Johnson is having wrist surgery this week and is expected to miss 2-3 months, source tells ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 12, 2017
In order to try and minimize the blow that was dealt to the team’s offense with Johnson’s injury, Cardinals have signed running backs Chris Johnson and D.J. Foster while waiving tackle Ulrick John. David Johnson was put on injured reserve. This was confirmed on the Cardinals’ official Twitter profile on Tuesday.
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) September 12, 2017
Chris Johnson has already been a member of Arizona Cardinals in 2015 and 2016 season. He signed a new contract with the Cardinals in July 2017, but the team waived him in September. In 2015 Chris Johnson played 11 games for the Cardinals and ended the season with 872 combined yards and 3 touchdowns. In 2016, he was limited to only 4 games due to a groin injury, ending the season with only 95 yards and 1 touchdown. During his NFL career, he had 9,537 rushing yards, 2,212 receiving yards, and 64 combined touchdowns. His honors include 3 Pro Bowl appearances and NFL Offensive Player of the Year award from 2009. Johnson is likely to be used alongside Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington. D.J. Foster joins the Cardinals from New England Patriots’ practice squad. In 2016 season, he appeared in 3 games for Patriots and had 26 yards combined.
David Johnson’s injury will surely be a big problem for the Arizona Cardinals. He was a big part of the Cardinals’ offense in 2016, having 1,239 rushing yards, 879 receiving yards and 20 combined touchdowns. Johnson also had 15 straight games with at least 100 yards from scrimmage, matching the longest single-season streak in NFL history. He earned his first Pro Bowl selection in 2016 while also being named First-team All-Pro.