Johnson (knee) is listed as probable for Sunday's game in San Francisco, CSN Bay Area reports. Following limited sessions Wednesday and Thursday, Johnson logged a full practice Friday. He should be cleared for his usual workload against a 49ers defense that he ripped for 22-110-2 back in Week 3.
Johnson (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Johnson is tending to a knee injury at the moment, and his YPC in a given game has topped out at 3.63 over the last three contests (and four of the past five). Still, he's averaged 21 carries per outing during that stretch, meaning capped reps in practice could be strategic in order to get him in a better state of health. Nonetheless, interested parties should watch his activity level as the week continues to learn if he'll be hindered Sunday at San Francisco.
Johnson gained 58 yards on 25 carries in Sunday's 39-32 win over the Seahawks. The Cardinals dominated time of possession due to their success through the air, which allowed Johnson to get plenty of carries, even though he found minimal room to run. Andre Ellington handled most of the passing-down work and actually finished as the team's leading rusher, breaking off a 48-yard touchdown to seal the game right around the two-minute warning. Johnson is still going to get most of the early-down work, but he may start to lose a few more snaps and touches to Ellington, plus there's always some chance he'll disappear from the offense if the Cardinals eventually find themselves facing a significant deficit. Johnson gets a middling Week 11 matchup with the Bengals.
Johnson rumbled a season-high 30 times for 109 yards during Sunday's win in Cleveland. Johnson has notched at least 100 yards rushing in four of the last six games, but among those performances, this was the first without a carry greater than 20 yards. Instead, he took advantage of the sheer volume afforded him, helping the Cardinals sustain an edge in time of possession after falling behind 20-7 with 4:56 remaining in the first half. On pace for over 1,300 yards, Johnson is certainly staking a claim as the surprise of the 2015 campaign, while snuffing out the value of both Andre Ellington and David Johnson.
Johnson gained just 40 yards on 14 carries and another five yards on one reception in Sunday's game against the Steelers. Despite earning the starting nod after racking up 347 yards from scrimmage over the last three weeks, Johnson was ineffective against a stout Pittsburgh front Sunday and saw his touches limited once Arizona fell behind. Still, C.J. had the clear advantage in touches out of the Cards' backfield, as Andre Ellington and David Johnson had received just seven combined. It is unclear how the backfield workload will be divided in the long run, but it appears that at least for now, Johnson is the main man. He will try to rebound in Week 7, as the Ravens come to town.
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