The full extent of Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson's wrist injury remains unknown, but the player could return to the field sooner than most anticipated.
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From GMFB: The #AZCardinals await MRI results on star RB David Johnson, who sprained his wrist yesterday. He may not even miss time. https://t.co/kLLuU8IUyz2017-9-11 14:48:52
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Sunday night that Johnson could "miss a 'few weeks' or 'half the season or more.'" Adam Schefter of ESPN noted later on Monday that surgery is still possible for Johnson.
However, the latest news is positive for the Cardinals and worried fantasy owners, with Johnson potentially back for Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Backup running back Kerwynn Williams replaced Johnson following the injury and scored a touchdown against the Lions. He would likely see success against a Colts team that performed poorly to open the season, and the Cardinals need to think long-term with Johnson in hopes of contending for a playoff spot down the stretch.
Johnson was dynamic in 2016, earning a place at the Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro recognition, but it may not make sense to rush him back so early in the season.
Carson Palmer did not meet expectations against the Lions, but Jared Goff, Todd Gurley and the Los Angeles Rams were able to dominate the Colts in Week 1, so the Cardinals should presumably be able to perform well against the Colts in Week 2 even without Johnson on the field.