The Cardinals withheld Johnson from Wednesday's session with the quad issue, but coach Steve Wilks said afterward that he expected the running back to suit up Sunday in Atlanta. Johnson's return to practice a day later, albeit in a limited capacity, seemingly supports Wilks' optimism. Johnson would put to rest any concern about his Week 15 availability by practicing fully Friday, but even another limited showing would have him trending in the right direction.
Despite Johnson sitting out Wednesday's session, coach Steve Wilks told Urban that the running is expected to play Sunday in Atlanta. Taking part Thursday is a step in the right direction, but Johnson may have some kinks to work out regarding his injured quad, which could result in a limited listing.
Johnson was held out of practice Wednesday with a quadriceps injury, but coach Steve Wilks expects the running back to play in Sunday's game at Atlanta, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Johnson handled his usual workload in Sunday's 17-3 loss to the Lions, taking 15 carries for 49 yards and eight receptions for 12 yards while handling his largest snap share (89 percent) since Week 6. Rookie fourth-round pick Chase Edmonds is next in line for the lead role if Johnson doesn't end up playing against a shaky Atlanta defense.
Johnson rushed 15 times for 49 yards and caught eight of 10 targets for 12 yards during Sunday's 17-3 loss to Detroit. He fumbled once, but it was recovered.
The Lions were well prepared to defend the dual-threat running back on a Josh Rosen-led offense that doesn't pose much of a threat through the air. While the Lions have done well against opposing running backs ever since defensive tackle Damon Harrison came to town, Johnson still disappointed his fantasy owners with just 3.3 yards per carry -- especially since he's now averaged over four yards per attempt in three of 14 games this season. No longer the reliable fantasy asset he once was, Johnson will depend on Rosen's performance when the Cardinals take on the Falcons in Week 14.
Johnson garnered 69 yards on 20 carries and added a three-yard catch on two targets in Sunday's 20-17 win over the Packers.
All season, Johnson has been finding new ways to frustrate the fantasy owners who spent a premium pick on him. This time around, he got two scores vultured by rookie backup Chase Edmonds (six yards and eight yards), even though Johnson finished with 20 carries to Edmonds' five. A silver lining ahead of Arizona's Week 14 clash with the Lions is that Johnson's averaging a robust 23.5 touches over the past four games.
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