Report: Cardinals signing Alfred Morris due to David Johnson’s injury situation
The Arizona Cardinals are preparing for David Johnson to miss some time so they’ve been browsing the market for running backs. After taking some time to look, Arizona is signing Alfred Morris due to Johnson’s injury situation per Adam Schefter.
With David Johnson nursing an ankle injury, Cardinals are signing veteran RB Alfred Morris, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 22, 2019
In Week 7, Johnson was declared active against the New York Giants after being a game-time decision throughout the week. However, the dual-threat running back played in just three offensive snaps and had just one carry for two yards.
While Johnson remained on the sideline for the majority of the game, backup Chase Edmonds made the most of his opportunity. The second-year running back out of Fordham touched the ball 29 times for 150 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns.
Above all, the Cardinals were able to defeat the Giants 27-21 to get their third win in a row. Now, just a couple of days after the game, Arizona seems to be prepared to be without Johnson in Week 8 (or beyond).
With D.J. Foster (who is also dealing with an injury) being the only other running back on the roster, the team needed to bring someone else in for insurance. Therefore, signing Morris is a logical move for the current state of the backfield.
Morris was last with the Dallas Cowboys during preseason and training camp. But he was released from the Cowboys when Ezekiel Elliott ended his holdout.
With that being said, Edmonds will likely maintain his role as the starter; while Morris is utilized as his backup in Week 8 against the New Orleans Saints.