The Arizona Cardinals will likely be without running back David Johnson for their Week 2 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, and potentially even longer due to an injured wrist suffered in Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports.
Johnson is scheduled to meet with wrist specialists to further diagnose the injury. While surgery may be an option for the All-Pro running back, a decision is expected to be reached within 24-48 hours.
During the third quarter of Sunday’s loss, Johnson caught a 24-yard pass in heavy coverage, and was immediately hit upon securing the ball. Afterward, Johnson struggled to get up and visibly grabbed his wrist. He would remain in the game following the hit, but was sidelined after fumbling the ball on the sole play of the team’s following possession.
With the team still waiting on a specialist to review Johnson’s injury, there is much speculation as to how long he may remain out. Reports from NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport say that Johnson may land on the team’s IR list with a possibility of being out for up to 12 weeks.
This is bad: #AZCardinals coach Bruce Arians tells reporters David Johson’s initial prognosis is the same as TJ Logan… who is out 12 weeks.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 11, 2017
During the Cardinals final regular season game of the 2016 season, Johnson left the game with an MCL sprain, but did not need surgery. After months of rehab, he has been expected to have a stellar season, but unfortunately, Sunday’s injury may have put his lofty expectations on hold. As one of the most versatile players in the league, the Cardinals will likely have a difficult time finding a way to replace his production.
Johnson was the league leader in yards from scrimmage last season with 2,118 total yards, picking up 1,239 of them in the ground game, and grabbing 879 of them through the air. He also gathered a league-high 20 touchdowns over the course of his 2016 campaign, earning him Pro Bowl honors and a first-team All-Pro selection.
Kerwynn Williams, the team’s second string back, will now take over the reigns of the Cardinals backfield with Johnson likely remaining out for some time. Over his career, Williams has averaged 5.4 yards per carry, gaining 555 rushing yards in reserve roles.
Prior to his exit, Johnson compiled 23 rushing yards on 11 carries while grabbing six receptions for 68 yards.