Bruce Arians: Cardinals hope to have David Johnson back by Christmas

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The Arizona Cardinals placed star running back David Johnson on injured reserve on Tuesday as he will need months to recover from surgery to repair a dislocated wrist. The Cardinals can designate Johnson as one of their two players eligible to return from the injured reserve list.

The surgery is expected to keep Johnson out 2-3 months. However, head coach Bruce Arians referenced a potentially lengthier timetable for Johnson’s return. In an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio, Arians said the hope is that Johnson will be able to return to the field by Christmas.

Christmas is 15 weeks away, which should give Johnson ample opportunity to recover to a point where he could return to the field.

If the Cardinals are still in playoff contention by the time Johnson is ready to return, he could provide a sizeable boost to the team’s chances down the stretch. However, if the Cardinals aren’t in the running for the postseason, there would seem to be little incentive to putting Johnson back on the field just to play out the string.

10 responses to “Bruce Arians: Cardinals hope to have David Johnson back by Christmas

  1. Basically, Arians is admitting Johnson is out for the season. So do the Cardinals go with old, slow Chris Johnson, or swing a trade for old, slow Adrian Peterson?

  2. Just start Gabbert. Take the plunge and go loss for loss with the jets in the Darnold sweepstakes. Let Johnson fully recover for next season…you’ll still have a decent defense as well…and you bounce back with an 11 win season with Arians getting another coach of the year award. Or…stick with Palmer and win 5 games.

  3. Well, they should be around 4-11 at that time. Bruce will probably blame Johnson for that, because Bruce NEVER accepts blame himself.

  4. C’mon Arians your season will be over by then. Hate to say it but turning to Gabbert is probably the Cardinals best bet right now.

  5. That’s funny coming from a guy who’s team looked like cellar dwellers week 1.

    Let me get this straight: The Seahawks lost to their divisional ranked (#1 in case you forgot) NFC North opponent (who is expected to make the playoffs) by 8 points, whereas the Cardinals lost to their divisional ranked (#2 – how appropriate) NFC North opponent (who is on the bubble for a Wild Card bid at best) by 12 points. And the leader in the clubhouse for cellar-dweller is…obvious.

  6. While the Statue was 27 for 48 he did average over 10 yards per throw and the offense scored 23 points against the Lions. The Cards should even out their record with a win this weekend over the lowly Colts.

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