Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson, a top-5 pick in most fantasy football drafts this season, sustained an injury to his left wrist during his team's game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
A second opinion is in order to hone on the correct course of action, but Johnson will likely require surgery in the near future to fix the same wrist injury as rookie T.J. Logan, who has a recovery timetable of 8-12 weeks. He was slow to get up after taking a big hit against the Detroit Lions, but he walked off the field under his own power.
Johnson's wrist took a direct blow on the previous play but not on the play he fumbled. (He had 22 carries for 58 yards.) With Johnson more involved in the passing game, playing with what would essentially be one hand would be more of a hindrance. Losing Johnson dampens any possible Super Bowl aspirations this year, and any odds to make the playoffs, but the long-term view has to be maintained and if possible season-ending surgery is best it should be done.
La Canfora added that Johnson will be brought in to add backfield depth following the wrist injury suffered by starter David Johnson in Week 1. He had tallied 92 total yards on 17 touches. At ASU, Foster was used at running back and receiver.
Johnson (5-11, 203) played in the preseason with the Cardinals after re-signing on July 20 before being released on September 2. However, NFL Network's Ian Rapaport reported that the "initial prognosis" is the same as T.J. Logan's - the rookie is set to miss 12 weeks.
We can't realistically expect Cohen to average anything close to the 13.2 yards per carry he averaged in the Bears opener, as he rushed five times for 66 yards, but we can expect him to catch passes.
Up to that point in the game there hadn't been too much to write home about Johnson's performance.
"I told him it's a long season, so he's just got to get that thing right", defensive tackle DeForest Buckner said after Sunday's 23-3, season-opening loss to the Carolina Panthers.