Chris Johnson RB ARI 2 months ago

The Cardinals and Johnson agreed to a one-year contract Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After taking a visit to the RB-needy Dolphins this week, Johnson has decided to remain in Arizona, where he revitalized his career in 2015 to the tune of 814 yards on the ground and three touchdowns in 11 games. However, he sustained a fractured left tibia in Week 12, ending his season as the Cardinals went on to lose in the NFC championship game. The injury allowed David Johnson to take the reins of the rushing attack, meaning the elder Johnson will be relegated to a reserve role in the fall.

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Johnson is expected to make a choice between Miami and Arizona as his free agent destination, Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Other teams have requested a visit from Johnson, but he isn't likely to make them according to La Canfora. Johnson rushed for 814 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games for the Cardinals in 2015; he would likely take the top running back job from Lamar Miller should he take his talents to Miami.

Chris Johnson RB ARI 2 months ago

Johnson (knee) was in Miami for a visit on Wednesday, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Dolphins lost out on C.J. Anderson when the Broncos matched the contract offer Tuesday but they are still looking for a veteran back to compete for the starting job with Jay Ajayi. Johnson had a productive season for Arizona last year rushing for 814 yards before suffering a broken leg in Week 12 that prematurely ended his 2015 campaign.

Chris Johnson RB ARI 3 months ago

Johnson (tibia) enters the offseason as an unrestricted free agent.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After Johnson landed on short-term IR on Dec. 1 due to a fractured tibia in his left leg, his sole appearance thereafter would have been in the Super Bowl, and Jay Glazer of FOX Sports even reported before Sunday's NFC championship game that the veteran RB would have been activated upon an Arizona victory. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, the Panthers wiped away that possibility with a thorough beatdown. While Johnson is nearing the end of his recovery, his absence allowed David Johnson to stake a claim to the top running back gig, leaving general manager Steve Keim to evaluate whether the elder Johnson is a part of the Cardinals' future.

Chris Johnson RB ARI 4 months ago

Johnson (fractured tibia) returned to practice Tuesday, ESPN's Field Yates reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Placed on short-term injured reserve, Johnson won't be eligible to return until the Super Bowl, if the Cardinals make it that far. Even in such a scenario, he'd likely play second fiddle to rookie David Johnson, who emerged as one of the NFL's better running backs over the final five weeks of the regular season. The Cardinals may have found their running back of the future, but not before the 30-year-old Johnson proved that he still has something left. Be it in Arizona or elsewhere, (Chris) Johnson shouldn't have trouble finding work next season, potentially even garnering serious consideration for starting jobs. First, he'll try to get healthy in time for a potential Super Bowl appearance.

Chris Johnson RB ARI 4 months ago

On Tuesday night, head coach Bruce Arians told SiriusXM NFL Radio that Johnson "is cleared to go" and has resumed running, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Placed on the IR/designated-to-return list on Dec. 1 due to a fractured tibia in his left leg, Johnson missed the last five games of the regular season. Under league guidelines, he cannot practice until next week, with his only potential appearance in the postseason to occur if the Cardinals reach Super Bowl 50. In a discussion with Weinfuss on Wednesday, Johnson estimated that he's approximately 80-85 percent healthy, but active status would be out of the question this weekend, if he was eligible. In the interim, David Johnson will be entrusted with most of the touches out of the backfield, while Andre Ellington provides support.

Chris Johnson RB ARI 5 months ago

Johnson (fractured tibia) has been placed on injured reserve/designated to return, ruling him out for the season unless the Cardinals reach the Super Bowl, NFL Network's Albert Breer reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With Johnson officially done for the regular season, Andre Ellington (turf toe) and David Johnson both get major boosts in value. Ellington, however, is dealing with a turf toe injury that could keep him out of Sunday's game against the Rams. He is only considered day-to-day, but turf toe is a notoriously unpredictable injury in terms of recovery time. The Cardinals may thus need contributions from Stepfan Taylor and/or Kerwynn Williams, the latter of whom is currently signed to the practice squad.

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Johnson (fractured tibia) is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The diagnosis of a fractured tibia hasn't been confirmed by the Cardinals, but assuming the reports are accurate, Johnson will miss the rest of the regular season. With Andre Ellington (turf toe) also likely to miss time, rookie David Johnson is set to lead the Arizona backfield. The Cardinals likely still hope to have Chris Johnson back at some point during the playoffs.

Chris Johnson RB ARI 5 months ago

Johnson has been diagnosed with a fractured tibia in his left leg, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Johnson was knocked out of Sunday's game in San Francisco, after his left knee has hit by an opposing player's helmet. The initial diagnosis of a bone bruise indicated a short absence was in store, but Glazer's bombshell says otherwise. The Cardinals will explore if there's a chance that he can return at some point, but the running back corps could be down to David Johnson and Stepfan Taylor in the short term due to Andre Ellington's bout with turf toe.

Chris Johnson RB ARI 5 months ago

Johnson (knee contusion) is slated to undergo an MRI, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Meanwhile, fellow RB Andre Ellington is dealing with turf toe, with the duo's status for this Sunday's game against the Rams yet to be determined. Next up for the Cardinals' carries if either (or both) miss time are David Johnson, Stepfan Taylor and perhaps Kerwynn Williams, who is currently on the team's practice squad.