Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said he is hopeful to get RB David Johnson back by Christmas: “Hoping we can get him back by Christmas,” via SiriusXM NFL Radio.
Given that the Cardinals’ Week 16 game is on December 24, it appears that Johnson could nearly miss the entire regular season.
- Schefter adds that the Cardinals are placing Johnson on injured reserve, but he still has a chance to return later on in the year.
All indications have been that Johnson was going to miss an extended period of time with this injury, but it appears as though a second opinion confirmed the initial timetable.
It’s possible the Cardinals could place Johnson on injured reserve in the coming days and bring him back later on in the year. Either way, it’s a huge blow to the Cardinals’ offense.
Johnson caught a pass over the middle during Sunday’s loss to the Lions that resulted in a big hit. He managed to stay in the game, but fumbled on the very next snap and was taken to the locker room.
Johnson, 25, was taken in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Cardinals. He’s currently in the second year of his four-year, $2.992 million contract and stands to make base salaries of $615,000 and $705,000 over the next two years.
Entering today’s game, Johnson had rushed for 1,239 yards on 293 carries (4.3 YPC) to go along with 80 receptions for 879 yards receiving and 20 total touchdowns for the Cardinals.