Cardinals RB David Johnson is slated to return vs. Tampa Bay
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson has missed the last two games with an ankle injury. However, he will be back in the lineup soon. According to Darren Urban of the team’s official website, Johnson will return to action next week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
With Johnson out the last two games, the Cardinals signed Zach Zenner and Alfred Morris and traded for former Dolphin Kenyan Drake. Their backup, Chase Edmonds, also suffered an injury. On Friday, the team announced they have released Morris. Drake impressed in his debut. Filling in for Johnson, the newly acquired Redbird recorded 15 attempts for 110 yards and a touchdown in Thursday’s loss. He also reeled in four receptions for 52 yards.
Johnson, a 2016 Pro Bowler and first-team All-Pro, should return to his starting position, despite Drake’s impressive performance on Sunday and Edmonds being a revelation when healthy. Coach Kliff Kingsbury is excited to pair Johnson up with Drake.
“Having two guys that we feel like can be dominant players for us is exciting,” said Kingsbury on Friday, via the team’s official website. You’ve got to know what their capacity is, if you will. We’ll see what Kenyan can do. I thought he handled a heavy load last night. With David back, you know you have two fresh running backs that are really good players.”
Though the Cardinals run an Air Raid scheme, they are suddenly stacked full of riches at the running back position. Expect Kingsbury and Co. to utilize his depth at running back with a constant flow of inside zone runs, screens and swing passes when Johnson comes back.