Johnson, who was a free agent this off-season after spending 2014 with the New York Jets, was shot in the shoulder last March in an incident that left one man dead and another wounded in Orlando, Fla. The 30-year-old's career subsequently hung in the balance, as he was left without the use of his right hand for nearly three months following the shooting.
“I was contemplating retirement,” Johnson told ESPN. “Knowing if I can’t use this hand, I can’t play football no more.”
The feeling in his hand finally returned in June, and Johnson was eventually signed by Arizona in August.
The three-time Pro Bowler has bounced back nicely this season, especially in the wake of a PCL injury to Andre Ellington, as he has 68 carries for 302 yards and two touchdowns through four games for the 3–1 Cardinals.
Johnson began his career with the Tennessee Titans, who selected him in the first round of the 2008 NFL draft out of East Carolina. A 2009 first-team All-Pro selection, Johnson spent six years with the Titans before joining the Jets for one season.
In 2009, Johnson became the sixth player in NFL history to rush for more than 2,000 yards when he gained 2,006.
Through seven-plus NFL seasons, Johnson has recorded 1,965 carries for 8,930 yards and 53 touchdowns. He has also caught 300 passes for 2,205 yards and nine touchdowns in his career.
- Kayla Lombardo
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