Johnson (groin), who was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, is having surgery to repair a sports hernia, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Even when surgery is required, sports hernias aren't necessarily season-ending injuries, with players often able to return after approximately two months. Interestingly enough, safety Tyvon Branch is having the same procedure, and he was also placed on injured reserve Tuesday. The Cardinals will evaluate both players' progress, with one of the two likely to eventually return from injured reserve, after a minimum stay of eight weeks. Johnson may be the more familiar name to most NFL fans, but Branch has arguably been more important to the team this season. With the elder Johnson out of the picture, David Johnson will have a bet less competition for carries, though his teammate's presence wasn't having much impact on the second-year runner in any case. Andre Ellington, Kerwynn Williams and Stepfan Taylor will provide depth.
Johnson (groin) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. While each team can bring one player back from injured reserve after a minimum stay of eight weeks, it isn't entirely clear that Johnson is a candidate, as the Cardinals are also placing safety Tyvon Branch on IR with a groin injury. Branch has arguably been a more important contributor than (Chris) Johnson so far, but the two players' relative value would change in a hurry if David Johnson were to suffer an injury. In any case, the younger Johnson will now be backed up by Andre Ellington, Kerwynn Williams and Stepfan Taylor, with Ellington easily carrying the most appeal as a handcuff.
Johnson (groin) didn't take part in Monday's practice, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports. The manner in which Johnson went to the ground Sunday was worrisome, to say the least, so the fact he's dealing with a groin concern was welcome news. Nevertheless, the Cardinals have three days to prepare for Thursday's contest at San Francisco, making a complete rehab difficult to comprehend. In order to fill the potential void in the backfield, the team has re-signed Kerwynn Williams to serve as a depth RB option behind starter David Johnson and primary reserve (for now) Andre Ellington.
Johnson sustained a groin injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the Rams and is questionable to return, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports. After making nary an impact in Weeks 1 and 3, the Cardinals were making an attempt to establish Johnson on the ground, but on his sixth carry of the contest, he appeared to suffer a potential non-contact injury while attempt to cut. As a result, the diagnosis of a groin concern should induce a sigh of relief, though his status will be one to watch closely this week. An absence in Week 5 would push Andre Ellington into the backup RB role to lead back David Johnson.
Johnson recorded team highs with 16 carries for 54 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 40-7 demolition of the Buccaneers. Johnson garnered a career-low two snaps in the regular season opener, after which head coach Bruce Arians regretted not using the veteran back more often. Indeed, Johnson received a sizable bump in usage Sunday, picking up 21 of the Cardinals' 66 offensive snaps, according to Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix. With the hosts safely in front, 33-7, after three quarters, starting RB David Johnson took a seat, thereby allowing the veteran Johnson to handle the rock the rest of the way, which involved a three-yard touchdown to push the score to its final tally.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|10||11/13||San Francisco 49ers||31||26.57|
|15||12/18||New Orleans Saints||32||27.00|
|17||01/01||@Los Angeles Rams||15||16.14|
|3 Year Avg||210||851||3||24||185||2||133|