Car­di­nals re-sign­ing run­ning back Chris John­son


PHOENIX — The Ari­zona Car­di­nals have placed All-Pro David John­son on in­jured re­serve and re­signed vet­eran run­ning back Chris John­son.

The team also signed ex-Ari­zona State run­ning back D.J. Fos­ter, who grew up in nearby Scotts­dale, off the New Eng­land prac­tice squad.

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

ESPN re­ported Tues­day that David John­son would un­dergo surgery on his dis­lo­cated left wrist and would be side­lined two to three months.

Al­though the Car­di­nals didn’t say anything about the surgery, plac­ing him on in­jured re­serve would seem to con­firm the re­port. Un­der NFL rules, David John­son would be el­i­gi­ble to come off IR in eight weeks, which co­in­cides with the Car­di­nals’ bye. But he could well be out an­other month af­ter that.

Coach Bruce Ari­ans said Mon­day that John­son’s in­jury was the same as that of Ari­zona rookie T.J. Lo­gan. The timetable for Lo­gan’s return was eight to 12 weeks.

David John­son, an All-Pro se­lec­tion at the “flex” po­si­tion last sea­son and con­sid­ered among the best run­ning backs in the league, was in­jured late in the third quar­ter of Sun­day’s sea­son-open­ing 35-23 loss at Detroit when he made a catch and was hit hard at the 3-yard line. The next and fi­nal time he touched the ball he fum­bled at the Ari­zona 10-yard line to set up a Lions touch­down.

Chris John­son, once one of the NFL’s best backs in his days with the Ten­nessee Ti­tans, knows the Car­di­nals of­fence well be­cause he spent the last two sea­sons with the team. In an in­ter­est­ing twist, it was an in­jury to Chris John­son that gave David John­son the start­ing run­ning back job as a rookie two years ago.

Chris John­son, who missed nearly all of last sea­son with a knee in­jury, rushed for 814 yards for Ari­zona two years ago. In his 10th NFL sea­son, he needs 463 yards to top 10,000 for his ca­reer.

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