There was a chance Johnson could avoid surgery. Not anymore.
Cardinals running back David Johnson will have surgery on his injured wrist and miss two to three months of action, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.
Johnson was diagnosed with a dislocated wrist after Sunday’s loss to the Lions and head coach Bruce Arians said he was receiving a second opinion on the injury. Johnson was expected to need surgery but there was a hope the second opinion would indicate a possible non-surgical option.
Johnson’s absence will be a massive blow to the Cardinals, who relied on him heavily last season. Johnson had 1,239 rushing yards, 870 receiving yards and 20 total touchdowns in 2016, his first All-Pro season of his career.
The Cardinals turned to Kerwynn Williams has their primary ballcarrier after Johnson left Sunday’s game. He’ll share the running back duties with Andre Ellington, and the Cards also added former Arizona State running back D.J. Foster from the Patriots’ practice squad. Arizona also signed running back Chris Johnson on Tuesday, who had recently been released by the team.
Johnson will also be sorely missed by fantasy football owners, who will now look to replace one of the league’s top non-quarterbacks when it comes to fantasy production. SI.com’s Michael Beller wrote Monday about fantasy owners’ options for replacing Johnson in their lineup.