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RB David Johnson - Arizona Cardinals

6-1, 224Born: 12-16-1991College: Northern IowaDrafted: Round 3

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Johnson left the Week 1 game with a dislocated wrist. He is seeking a second opinion, but could miss 8-12 weeks if he has surgery.

Week 3: vs Dallas Cowboys

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Cardinals backfield is a mess with the injury of David Johnson in Week 1. Their three backs rushed for only 77 yards last week, with veteran Chris Johnson leading the way (11 carries for 44 yards) despite being out-snapped 18 to 17 by Kerwynn Williams, who rushed nine times for only 22 yards. Andre Ellington was in the backfield for 30 snaps but was only allotted two carries as he is their pass-catching threat. The Cardinals had a tough time sustaining drives, which can mainly be attributed to this struggling run game. Their offensive line was decent despite the loss starting left tackle D.J. Humphries in Week 1. The Cowboys run defense was gashed repeatedly by CJ Anderson and Jamaal Charles on Sunday night last week. Both Broncos backs combined for a total of 164 rushing yards on 34 attempts, with Anderson breaking off a 23-yard touchdown run in the third quarter in addition to another receiving touchdown out of the backfield earlier in the game. The Cowboys defensive line simply could not get off blocks to catch Anderson, who routinely made the secondary miss and ran through tackles. Demarcus Lawrence played very well on the left side with four run stops, and this week he will match up against the Cardinals weaker right side tackle. This Cowboys defense really took a step back next week, but the Cardinals backfield is one that is tough to trust given the uncertainty brewing among their three backs competing for snaps.

Recent Stats and Projections

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1 at DET 46 11 23 0 9 6 68 0 1 7.1

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 1 vs DET (11 / 23 / 0 rush, 9 / 6 / 68 / 0 rec)

The big news for Cardinals fans and Johnson fantasy owners was the wrist injury the star RB suffered. Reports indicate Johnson's X-Ray was negative, but he'll still have surgery and miss 2-3 months. Before the injury however, Johnson struggled in the season opener. Fumbling twice, Johnson's ball security was an issue all day, and largely was unable to find workable holes through the offensive line that generated no push all afternoon. Johnson's lone big play, a 24-yard reception, came on an exceptional catch off a wheel route, setting up Kerwynn Williams' 3-yard touchdown.

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Latest News

Cardinals | Carson Palmer expects different offense (Thu Sep 14, 10:25 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer said he expects the offense to change 'drastically' without RB David Johnson (wrist).

Our View: And not for the better. It could be ok against the woeful Colts, but overall it's going to be a long year for the Cardinals.
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Cardinals | David Johnson surgery set for Thursday (Wed Sep 13, 10:14 AM) - Updating previous reports, Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (wrist) will have surgery on his dislocated wrist Thursday, Sept. 14, and the team is hoping he returns in December.

Our View: Without Johnson in the lineup, the entire makeup of the Cardinals offense changes. They just added Chris Johnson back to the mix, but Bruce Arians hinted on Sirius XM that it would be Andre Ellington getting more work in the backfield. Oh yeah - Kerwynn Williams was already there as the no2 back behind Johnson and he'll obviously get worked in somehow as well. There's no clear-cut handcuff to Johnson, so this is a situation most fantasy owners (and scrambling Johnson owners) should avoid until we get further clarity.
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Cardinals | Arizona turning to Andre Ellington? (Wed Sep 13, 12:05 AM) - Adding more context to an earlier report, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians told Sirius XM NFL Radio Tuesday, Sept. 12, he is hopeful RB David Johnson (wrist) can return 'by Thanksgiving or Christmas.' In the meantime, Arians hinted RB Andre Ellington would be the player most likely to carry the load for the Cardinals in Johnson's absence.

Our View: Just when you thought this backfield was enough of a mess with a returning Chris Johnson to cut into the touches of potential starter Kerwynn Williams. Ellington has big-play ability and a long history of getting banged up with increasing touches. This backfield is a mess that fantasy owners should avoid until we get more clarity.
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Cardinals | Arizona pessimistic about David Johnson? (Tue Sep 12, 11:19 PM) - Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians told reporters Tuesday, Sept. 12, he hopes RB David Johnson (wrist) will be able to return from the Reserve/Injured list by Christmas.

Our View: Sometime around Thanksgiving or Christmas is when Johnson could be available. That means he could be back for the fantasy playoffs. Stash him on IR in your fantasy league if you can. It's going to be awhile before Johnson gets back out there for the Cardinals.
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Cardinals | David Johnson officially goes to IR (Tue Sep 12, 04:50 PM) - Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (wrist) was officially placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Sept. 12. Free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Cardinals) was officially re-signed in a corresponding move.

Our View: Johnson will undergo wrist surgery and be out 2-3 months as he recovers. At the earliest, Johnson could return to the field in Week 10 against the Seahawks. Johnson may be back for a run during the fantasy playoffs. Hopefully you have an IR spot in your fantasy league where you can stash Johnson for the time being.
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Schedule

3vs Dallas Cowboys
4vs San Francisco 49ers
5@ Philadelphia Eagles
6vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7@ Los Angeles Rams
8--- BYE WEEK ---
9@ San Francisco 49ers
10vs Seattle Seahawks
11@ Houston Texans
12vs Jacksonville Jaguars
13vs Los Angeles Rams
14vs Tennessee Titans
15@ Washington Redskins
16vs New York Giants
17@ Seattle Seahawks