David Johnson's Christmas return?

David Johnson RB

David Johnson RB

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says star running back David Johnson has a dislocated wrist that probably will require surgery. Under NFL rules, David Johnson would be eligible to come off IR in eight weeks, which coincides with the Cardinals' bye. On Sunday night, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that the MRI results on Monday would determine whether he'd be out for a few weeks or closer to half the season. It looked like the injury initially occurred with six minutes left to go in the third quarter, when he hauled in a 24-yard reception in triple coverage.

The Cardinals will rely Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington if Johnson misses time.

Johnson will have surgery this week and is expected to miss the next two-to-three months.

The team has a particular target for his return if it is possible.

The Cardinals released Chris Johnson in their final roster cuts this year.

David Johnson was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

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Johnson, who spent the previous two years with the Cardinals, likely will assume the featured back role in David Johnson's absence.

Johnson's versatility as both a runner and receiver allowed the Cardinals to build their offence around him.

The team also signed ex-Arizona State running back D.J. Foster, who grew up in nearby Scottsdale, off the New England practice squad. "We've got quality guys on our team and it's an opportunity for somebody to step up".

Week 1 in the National Football League was a remarkably lackluster performance for running backs - with just 17 rushing touchdowns over 14 games.

Yet in his collegiate career he rushed for 2,355 yards and 18 touchdowns on 444 carries over his four seasons.

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