David Johnson needs wrist surgery, expected to miss 2-3 months

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The news the Cardinals feared has been confirmed: David Johnson is expected to miss most of the season.

Johnson, the Cardinals running back who may be their most important player, needs wrist surgery and is expected to miss two or three months and go on injured reserve, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Going on injured reserve means Johnson will miss at least eight weeks. If it turns out to be three months, he’ll miss 11 games. Given the way the Cardinals played on Sunday in Detroit, and how they’re likely to play without Johnson, it’s entirely possible that they’ll fall out of playoff contention and decide when Johnson is ready to return that it’s not worth risking him for the last few games of the season.

Johnson is coming off a tremendous 2016 season in which he led the NFL with 2,118 yards from scrimmage and 20 touchdowns. He’ll be very hard to replace for a Cardinals offense that already didn’t look very good on Sunday.

42 responses to “David Johnson needs wrist surgery, expected to miss 2-3 months

  1. beavertonsteve says:
    September 12, 2017 at 11:39 am
    Actually, we went from “get back in the game”, to a few weeks, to 3 months

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    Fascinating, isn’t it? I like to call it the “Johnny Whinebaugh Syndrome”…They’re always lying about what someone’s injury is or how long the player will be out.

    Then, within 24 hours, the real story comes out.

    If you don’t know how bad it is, why say anything originally?

  2. Trade for Adrian Peterson. After last night, Sean Payton would be glad to unload him for a few picks.

  3. Great player. Wonderful fun to watch. I feel very sorry for him for having suffered an extended injury like this. Not a Cardinals’ fan but I hate seeing real football players like David Johnson losing the best part (if not all) of a season.

  4. Not one Cardinals fan has posted yet…they’re all on the Seattle thread gloating about the GB loss. I’m sure Palmer and Fitzgerald will do it all by themselves still. Not. Sucks for DJ, but can’t say I’m sad for the AZ trolls that have been running their necks.

  5. I am a cardinal fan and I hope they go all Indianapolis Colt’s on us fans to get a qb next draft. I knew last year Palmer had lost it , but most qbs do at that age.

  6. 1969nflchampionskansascitychiefs says:
    September 12, 2017 at 12:24 pm
    The Lions are such a dirty football team. They also cry about their schedule to get a weaker start to the season. Can you blame them, they haven’t won a playoff game in over 1 million years let a Superbowl ever.

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    Are you kidding me, what a tool. “Weaker Schedule”, You might want to check that bud. There was no dirty play, so you can take that crap somewhere else!

  7. @ patsfan4lifesbchamps says:

    Trade for Adrian Peterson. After last night, Sean Payton would be glad to unload him for a few picks.
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    First they will re-sign CJ2K (now known as CJ Won’t Play) then add AD (now known as HD (Half Day). Together they will combine to be the oldest duo in NFL history and average a whopping 2 YPC.

  8. By the time Johnson returns, the Cardinals playoff run will have ended in week 1 of the 2016 season…yes 2016! Going nowhere with Father Time at QB and the nephew of Father Time at WR.

  9. kamthechancellor says:

    September 12, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Not one Cardinals fan has posted yet…they’re all on the Seattle thread gloating about the GB loss. I’m sure Palmer and Fitzgerald will do it all by themselves still. Not. Sucks for DJ, but can’t say I’m sad for the AZ trolls that have been running their necks.

    A Hawks fan talking about another teams fans “Trolls” and “gloating”. The irony in that lame statement is astronomical.

  10. 1969nflchampionskansascitychiefs says:
    September 12, 2017 at 12:24 pm
    The Lions are such a dirty football team. They also cry about their schedule to get a weaker start to the season. Can you blame them, they haven’t won a playoff game in over 1 million years let a Superbowl ever.

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    The hit on Johnson was textbook and perfectly clean. There was nothing dirty about it.

    If you want to pin blame, put it on Palmer for setting DJ up in the middle of 3 defender with on bearing down on him full speed- when you do that the guy is GONNA get popped.

  11. I absolutely hate when people bring up Fantasy when a human being gets a serious injury. I mean, really? I think some people need more things in their lives than to worry about a player in a game called “Fantasy” Football.

  12. beavertonsteve says:
    September 12, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Actually, we went from “get back in the game”, to a few weeks, to 3 months

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    That initial decision came back to bite the Cards, too. Arians put him back in, and Johnson fumbled his next snap. The Lions got the ball on the AZ 10, and then went on a run, scoring 26 straight points. Bad move, coach.

  13. Should have said good-riddance to Palmer and traded for Mark Sanchez while they search for & train a future franchise guy. Sanchez? yes – his win-rate and completions are very similar to Palmer, more INTs but he’s never had Palmer’s decent corps and he’s 7yrs younger and is 4-2 in playoff wins compared to Palmer’s 1-3. And he’d be a hell of a lot cheaper.

  14. purplekoolaid1 says:
    September 12, 2017 at 1:12 pm
    I absolutely hate when people bring up Fantasy when a human being gets a serious injury. I mean, really? I think some people need more things in their lives than to worry about a player in a game called “Fantasy” Football.

    Relax there purple, I don’t anyone is saying they aren’t concerned about a player getting hurt.

  15. Hey, remember when the Cardinals went 13-3 and David Johnson emerged late in the season as their best running back? I do! They can win without him, despite what the trolls say.

    And that Lions defense played pretty well the other day. Can’t wait for other teams to sleep on them!

  16. That’s the problem with having the first overall pick in Fantasy; because most leagues use serpentine drafts, your next picks are somewhere in the 20-24th range, when all of the dominant players are gone. So if your number one pick goes down, usually your season goes along with it.

  17. fordmandalay says:
    September 12, 2017 at 1:56 pm
    Cardinals lost half their defense in free agency, now they’ve lost half their offense. 5-11.

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    i remember the media glowing over arizona last year, too

    comical how desperate they are to pimp some other team to talk
    about

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