David Johnson
RB ARI (9)
1 month ago

Johnson will not participate in this week's mandatory minicamp as part of a holdout for a contract extension, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

It ends up that Johnson's undisclosed injury was actually the start of a holdout for the tailback, as he is seeking out a long-term extension with the Cardinals prior to the start of his contract year. While the team appears to be optimistic that a deal will get done before the start of the season, deals with running backs have always been tricky, and Johnson coming off a season-ending wrist injury certainly won't help his cause. Regardless, the expectation is that Johnson won't be seen on the practice field until this situation is resolved.

David Johnson
RB ARI (9)
1 month ago

Johnson missed practice with an undisclosed injury, but it is not serious, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's seems odd that Johnson's exact injury is unknown given that the star tailback is coming off a long recovery from wrist surgery and declared back in April that he was "100 percent." Regardless, it doesn't appear that there was any sort of setback with Johnson's left wrist nor any concern about his current health status. It still is a situation worth monitoring, however, until Johnson is able to return to the practice field this offseason.

David Johnson
RB ARI (9)
2 months ago

Johnson said he still has the same individual goal of reaching 1,000 rushing and 1,000 receiving yards in a season, NFL Network's Will Selva reports.

EDGE Analysis

Fully recovered from last year's wrist injury, Johnson is setting his sights high even as the Cardinals appear headed for a mini-rebuild. The team should at least remain somewhat competitive if Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Patrick Peterson and Chandler Jones all stay healthy, but the top-heavy roster could fall apart if the superstars have a tough time staying on the field. Given the team's lack of pass-catching depth, it isn't totally out of the question for Johnson to join Roger Craig and Marshall Faulk as the only players in NFL history with 1,000 yards both rushing and receiving in the same season. Johnson missed by only 121 receiving yards in 2016, when he had Carson Palmer under center for 15 games. A solid year from Sam Bradford and/or Josh Rosen would go a long way toward helping Johnson reach his goal, or at least coming reasonably close. The 26-year-old running back is locked in as an obvious first-round pick in the vast majority of fantasy formats.

David Johnson
RB ARI (9)
4 months ago

Johnson confirmed Thursday that his left wrist is "100 percent" and he'll be "full speed" during OTAs, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

On the eve of the Cardinals' offseason program, it was reported Johnson had recovered from the dislocated wrist that kept him off the field beyond Week 1 last season, per Darren Urban of the team's official site. Johnson will now turn his focus to building chemistry with quarterback Sam Bradford, who is replacing the retired Carson Palmer under center. Although he's also adjusting to a new coaching staff under the direction of offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, Johnson is one of the safest bets among running backs to produce due to his pass-catching ability and nose for the end zone. In addition to a career mark of 4.3 yards per carry, Johnson has gobbled up 122 of 186 targets (65.6 percent) and tallied 32 offensive touchdowns in 33 games.

David Johnson
RB ARI (9)
4 months ago

Johnson (wrist) has been cleared from injury and will not be limited during the Cardinals' offseason program, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson has been seeking official medical clearance from Arizona's medical staff all offseason and it finally appears as if he's fully recovered from the fractured wrist he sustained in the 2017 season opener. With the start of voluntary veteran workouts still over a week away, the running back should be available for the entirety of the installation of new offensive coordinator Mike McCoy's offense, in which Johnson will serve as the centerpiece. Furthermore, it can't hurt that Johnson will also be able to immediately gain a sense of familiarity with the team's new starting quarterback, Sam Bradford.

David Johnson
RB ARI (9)
4 months ago

Johnson (wrist) is still in the process of gaining full clearance, but he should get there by the time the Cardinals start Organized Team Activities on May 15, Darren Urban of the team's official website reports.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson was cleared to resume football activities in early February, but he apparently still has some limitations. This may just be a matter of the Cardinals being cautious, as there isn't much incentive to rush Johnson back for on-field work in April. He'll return to a new-look Arizona offense with Mike McCoy as the coordinator and Sam Bradford as the starting quarterback. Johnson remains the centerpiece, two years removed from a spectacular season of 2,118 scrimmage yards and 20 touchdowns. It helps that he's bouncing back from a season-ending wrist injury, as opposed to the lower-body injuries that typically are to blame when a running back loses an entire campaign. He won't need to go through the arduous process or rebuilding leg strength after months of inactivity.

David Johnson
RB ARI (9)
4 months ago

Johnson will be working alongside quarterback Sam Bradford in 2018 after the latter signed with the Cardinals on Friday.

EDGE Analysis

The addition of Bradford clears up the major question mark within the Cards offense in the wake of Carson Palmer's retirement. Like Palmer, Bradford brings along a teeming medical chart, including a bone bruise in his knee that contained him to two appearances in 2017. When on the field, though, he completed 71.8 percent of his passes in 17 games as a Viking, which should benefit Johnson's do-it-all nature. Although his third season was all but wiped away by a dislocated left wrist, Johnson has ripped off runs at 4.3 YPC, corralled 122 of 186 passes and scored 32 offensive touchdowns in 33 career contests, so he should still be among the first running backs selected once fantasy draft season arrives.

David Johnson
RB ARI (9)
5 months ago

Johnson (wrist) has been fully cleared to resume all activities, Kent Somers of AZCentral Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson said that the new head coach of the Cardinals, former Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, told him that running the football will be "a foundation of the offense" in 2018. Fortunately, it doesn't sound like Johnson will be operating under any restrictions when the team reconvenes for offseason workouts this April and May to begin installing the system this new offense will play under. With that said, Johnson's fantasy value is currently clouded by all the question marks that litter the Cardinals' depth charts at essentially every offensive position other than running back. What moves Arizona makes in free agency, which opens Mar. 14, as well as in the upcoming draft will play a critical role in the running back's valuation prior to the 2018 campaign.

David Johnson
RB ARI (9)
6 months ago

In a podcast interview, Johnson said his wrist is healed and his strength and full range of motion are returning, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official website reports.

EDGE Analysis

A good sign for the highly-touted running back as he heads into the offseason, looking to put the injury-riddled 2017 campaign behind him. Although the reports say the wrist if fully healed, the injury is still something to keep an eye on heading into offseason workouts.

David Johnson
RB ARI (9)
7 months ago

Cardinals general manager John Keim said Johnson (wrist) will only return this season if there's no gray area regarding his health, Darren Urban of the team's official website reports.

EDGE Analysis

Recent comments from both sides suggest that player and team are in agreement, not quite ready to rule Johnson out for the season but also showing no desire to rush him back into action without any realistic shot to reach the playoffs. Given that Johnson said his wrist felt stiff less than two weeks ago, a return still seems unlikely. The Cardinals probably would want to see him get at least one full week of practice before potentially bringing him back for Week 16 or 17.