Reports: Cards' Johnson to have wrist surgery, out 2-3 months
(TSX / STATS) -- Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson will have surgery on his left wrist and is expected to be sidelined two to three months, multiple outlets reported on Tuesday.
The Cardinals placed Johnson on injured reserve, but with a chance to return this season.
Johnson sought a second opinion after an early prognosis that he sustained a dislocated wrist in Sunday's 35-23 loss to the Detroit Lions.
The 25-year-old Johnson was initially injured while making a 24-yard reception in the third quarter, coach Bruce Arians said. Johnson returned on Arizona's next possession but fumbled on his next carry, which was recovered by the Lions.
Johnson totaled 1,239 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns last season. He also led the NFL with 2,118 all-purpose yards while averaging 4.2 yards per carry and 11 yards per reception.
The Cardinals re-signed Chris Johnson to help fill the void just 10 days after releasing him.
The three-time Pro Bowl selection played in just four games for Arizona last season due to a groin injury. He had just 95 yards on 25 carries.
But Chris Johnson knows the system and the team intends to use him in Sunday's contest against Indianapolis Colts. Johnson has rushed for 9,537 career yards but no longer resembles the player who rushed for 2,006 yards for the Tennessee Titans in 2009.
Kerwynn Williams, Andre Ellington and Elijhaa Penny are also expected to step up in David Johnson's absence. The Cardinals also signed former Arizona State running back D.J. Foster off the New England Patriots' practice squad on Monday and released offensive tackle Ulrick John on Tuesday.
"It's always a huge blow to lose a top player, but it's not the end of the world," Arians said on Monday. "We've got quality guys on our team and it's an opportunity for somebody to step up. David Johnson became David Johnson because of somebody's injury."
Right tackle Jared Veldheer said losing Johnson for any length of time is "like a sock in the gut."
"It's always tough seeing guys' seasons ended after Week 1," Veldheer said. "All the work that goes into it in the offseason, the preparation and just knowing David personally, I'm sure it's a real hard thing for him. You feel for him.
"Those are some big shoes for somebody to step into. We've got some good running backs in our system, so we need somebody to step up."
Tight end Troy Niklas also cited the team's depth at running back as reason for a ray of optimism.
"It's hard to replace a guy like D.J.," Niklas said. "He's so versatile. He's big in the pass game, huge in the run game. We're going to have to put pieces together and try to make two people one, essentially. But we've got a lot of really good running backs. Hopefully, they can take off right where he left off."
Updated September 12, 2017