David Johnson to undergo wrist surgery, out two to three months

After suffering a wrist injury against the Detroit Lions, David Johnson will undergo wrist surgery and will be placed on the injured reserve.

David Johnson to undergo wrist surgery, out two to three months
Arizona Cardinals running back DavidJohnson (31) walks off the field with medical staff for X-rays during an NFLfootball game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. (Photo:Jose Juarez, AP)

Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson will have surgery on his left wrist and will miss two to three months, as reported by Adam Schefter on Tuesday. Johnson suffered the injury in Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Lions.

The Cardinals are placing Johnson on the injured reserve with a chance to return this season. If he does return, the time table would be early to mid-December.

The Cardinals were hopeful that the Johnson’s injury would be just a sprain. However, after Johnson’s second opinion the injury would be diagnosed as a dislocated wrist. Teammate T.J. Logan is currently on the injured reserve with the same injury. Logan’s timetable to return is eight to 12 weeks.

The injury news is a huge blow to the Cardinals offense. In 2016 Johnson rushed for 1,239 yards, caught 80 passes for 879 receiving yards and totaled 20 touchdowns. Johnson, 25, was hopeful to join Marshall Faulk and Roger Craig as the only running backs to have 1,000 yards rushing and receiving.

Roster Moves

Chris Johnson #23 of the Arizona Cardinals rushes against the Atlanta Falcons |Source: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America|
Chris Johnson #23 of the Arizona Cardinals rushes against the Atlanta Falcons |Source: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America|

With Johnson going down, the Cardinals would re-sign Chris Johnson. Johnson comes back to the Cardinals after not making the 53-man roster. In two seasons with Arizona, Johnson has rushed for 909 yards and four touchdowns. In the preseason, Johnson would rush for just 41 yards on 13 attempts.

The Cardinals also added running back D.J. Foster from the New England Patriots’ practice squad. Foster appeared in three games last season with the Patriots, rushing for 24 yards on seven carries.

Next man up

Kerwynn Williams #33 of the Arizona Cardinals scores a touchdown against the Detroit Lions  |Source: Leon Halip/Getty Images North America|
Kerwynn Williams #33 of the Arizona Cardinals scores a touchdown against the Detroit Lions |Source: Leon Halip/Getty Images North America|

Once again, Arizona will play the “next man up” moniker head coach Bruce Arians made famous. Kerwynn Williams, Andre Ellington and Elijhaa Penny made up the running back depth before the roster moves were made.

“It’s always a huge blow to lose a top player,” Arians told the media Monday.But it’s not the end of the world,” he quickly added.

“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.” Arians continued.

Williams will probably be the starter going forward. In four seasons with the Cardinals, Williams has rushed for 555 yards and four touchdowns.

In the loss against the Lions, Williams carried the ball five times for 10 yards and a touchdown. Williams has worked best out of the wildcat formation, rushing for a 49-yard touchdown against the New Orleans Saints last season.

Andre Ellington #38 of the Arizona Cardinals runs the ball against the Washington Redskins. |Source: Ralph Freso/Getty Images North America|
Andre Ellington #38 of the Arizona Cardinals runs the ball against the Washington Redskins. |Source: Ralph Freso/Getty Images North America|

Ellington also has experience. In 54 games, Ellington has accumulated 1,697 rushing yards, 1,034 receiving yards and 12 total touchdowns. Ellington has shown flashes in his career but injuries have limited his playing time.