Cardinals running back David Johnson has a ‘chance’ to play in Week 6
Cardinals GM Steve Keim, on Arizona Sports 98.7, said he spoke with RB David Johnson yesterday and thinks there's a chance Johnson (back stiffness) will play Sunday vs. Falcons.
"I'm not 100 percent sure, but I'm certainly encouraged," Keim said.
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Johnson is dealing with back stiffness and although it’s unclear what the chances are he plays, Keim is encouraged after the conversation he had with Johnson on Thursday.
Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said on Wednesday that the team would like to have him on the field, but he will always put player safety first, so that will be the deciding factor.
“We’re always going to make sure that player safety comes first and make sure that he can be full-speed,” Kingsbury said via CardsWire. “If he’s not full-speed, we’re not going to put him out there. We want him to be at his best, and he knows that.”
Johnson hasn’t practiced yet this week, and he probably won’t, but Kingsbury said that won’t eliminate him from playing if he’s ready to go.
“He’s the type of player that it would be a game-time decision,” Kingsbury said. “We understand he gets our system, and we can plug him in day of and feel good about him executing at a high level.”
If Johnson can’t play, that is a huge blow to the Cardinals offense that has leaned on him heavily and in the last game he accounted for 156 yards of total offense.
If Johnson can’t go it will be Chase Edmonds who will probably get the start and so far this year he has rushed 19 times for 170 yards and has one total touchdown.