Cardinals news: Carson Palmer says offense ‘changes drastically’ without David Johnson
The Arizona Cardinals are in the midst of a crisis. They are 0-1 and also lost their biggest offensive weapon, running back David Johnson to a wrist injury.
According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, Johnson had surgery on his wrist on Thursday, and the team hopes that he’ll be back in December.
#AZCardinals RB David Johnson will have his wrist surgery tomorrow. The rehab starts shortly thereafter, with AZ hoping he returns in Dec.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 13, 2017
The Cardinals will lose their biggest offensive weapon for a significant portion of the season. In 2016, Johnson amassed an eye-popping 2,118 total yards (1,239 rushing, 879 receiving), which accounted for roughly 36% of the Cardinals total offense.
Even though head coach Bruce Arians tried to downplay this, but we all know that this puts tremendous pressure on aging veteran Carson Palmer.
“It changes drastically,” Palmer said. “You lose, who I think, is one of the best football players in this league, things are obviously going to change. … Well, Dave, I don’t know how many catches he had last year but there [are] a whole lot of catches there for somebody else. He had 2,000 yards of offense so somebody’s got to step up. We’re not going to run every single exact play that Dave ran, run routes because that was something very specific to Dave that he did really, really well. But the offense doesn’t completely change. You don’t run some of the same plays Dave ran but the things change when you lose a guy that produced 2,000 yards in one season.”
The question remains, who will step up to help ease the void left by Johnson.