Arizona Cardinals
  • 6'1"
  • 224
  • 27
  • 4 years
  • Northern Iowa
  • 2015 R3 O, None

Historical Stats

Year Team Gms Plays Car Rush Yards YPC Rush TDs Fum Targets Catch Catch Yards Catch TDs Total Yards Total TDs 50+ Yd TDs 100+ Yard Gms 1+ TD Gms
2015 ARI 16 182 125 581 4.6 8 1 57 36 457 4 1038 12 0 4 9
2016 ARI 16 413 293 1239 4.2 16 3 120 80 879 4 2118 20 0 15 10
  Avg 11 205 143 614 3.6 8 2 62 41 468 3 1082 16 0 6 6

Season To Date Statistics

Year Team Gms Plays Car Rush Yards YPC Rush TDs Fum Targets Catch Catch Yards Catch TDs Total Yards Total TDs 50+ Yd TDs 100+ Yard Gms 1+ TD Gms
2017 ARI 1 20 11 23 2.1 0 1 9 6 67 0 90 0 0 0 0

Recent Player News

  • Posted: 8/13/2018 8:25pm ET

    Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson was limited to just two snaps in the preseason opener, posting a pair of 14-yard runs. He said earlier in the preseason that he didn't think he needed to play much if at all in the preseason to get ready. His head coach, Steve Wilks, disagrees. 'David didn't play last year,' Wilks said Monday, Aug. 13. 'And you talk about the timing. I think it's important he plays quite a bit. When I say quite a bit, I'm talking my standards.' Wilks clarified and added that his standards do not necessarily mean playing into the second or third quarter, but it would be seeing more than just two offensive snaps.

    Huddle Up: Johnson is coming off a major injury, but he looked to have nice burst in his cameo. He is a fantasy stud, too, because he is expected to be the workhorse in a backfield with unspectacular backups like Chase Edmonds, D.J. Foster, Sherman Badie and T.J. Logan. The club likely won't expose him to too much unnecessary contact, especially considering their lack of depth at the position. Fantasy owners hope he'll see just a series or two before the season to preserve him for when the games matter for real.

  • Posted: 8/11/2018 7:51pm ET

    Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson had two carries for 28 yards against the Los Angeles Chargers in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 11.

    Huddle Up: Johnson took both carries for 14 yards, and although he is coming off an injury, his every-down, workhorse role in the Arizona offense makes him a top-five fantasy option at his position.

  • Posted: 7/23/2018 7:30am ET

    Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson reported to training camp Monday, July 23.

    Huddle Up: DJ was looking for a new deal, and he'll have plenty motivation to return to his RB1 status this season. Sam Bradford relies heavily on running backs. Johnson slots into the midrange of the RB1 pack but could return to the upper echelon.

  • Posted: 6/12/2018 8:28am ET

    Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson is holding out during the team's mandatory minicamp this week, according to sources. The two sides have been in discussions on a new contract, and they are hopeful it can get done.

    Huddle Up: Johnson is an elite RB1 option if the dispute doesn't linger into the regular season.

  • Posted: 6/9/2018 5:14am ET

    Updating previous reports, Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson did not participate in organized team activities Thursday, June 7, but he was not injured, according to multiple sources. The reason for Johnson being sidelined was not disclosed and he did not address reporters after practice.

    Huddle Up: Johnson will be a major component of Arizona's running and passing game in 2018 and should be viewed as a No. 1 running back in all fantasy formats.

  • Posted: 6/8/2018 4:29pm ET

    Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson has a good chance to receive a contract extension before the start of the regular season, in the opinion of NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

    Huddle Up: Johnson is entering the final year of his contract, so owners should keep an eye on the situation over the next few months. He is a big part of Arizona's offense and should be a No. 1 fantasy running back in all leagues.

  • Posted: 6/8/2018 1:06pm ET

    Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson's (undisclosed) undisclosed injury is not consider serious.

    Huddle Up: Johnson may not return to the field until training camp but should be recovered by the injury by that time. He will see a lot of work in the running and passing game in 2018 and should be one of the first running backs selected in drafts.

  • Posted: 6/8/2018 6:16am ET

    Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (undisclosed) missed practice time this week with an undisclosed injury. 'It's the offseason, and I'm not going to really indulge in injuries or things like that,' head coach Steve Wilks said.

    Huddle Up: There wasn't any tip of the hand as he watched practice, which means it's likely not serious. Johnson is a high-end RB1 candidate in fantasy.

  • Posted: 5/17/2018 7:54am ET

    Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (wrist) said his wrist feels great, and he's aiming for 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards.

    Huddle Up: The team will be deploying a fullback this year, which will give him an added layer of protection. They'll have to prove that they can move the ball downfield to keep defenses honest, though. Sam Bradford throws a ton of short passes, and DJ should be an RB1 as long as he's healthy.

  • Posted: 4/2/2018 11:35pm ET

    Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (wrist) has officially been medically cleared and will not be limited when the club begins their offseason program.

    Huddle Up: Johnson missed all but one game a year ago but it looks like he'll be ready to roll at full health going into the new campaign. Considering his tremendous second season when he totaled 20 touchdowns, rushed for 1,239 yards on 293 carries and accumulated 879 more yards through the air on 80 catches, Johnson still merits a very early pick in fantasy drafts.

  • Posted: 3/27/2018 5:15am ET

    Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (wrist) is expected to be cleared in time for organized team activities next month, according to head coach Steve Wilks.

    Huddle Up: Johnson will be returning to a different situation with a new head coach and Sam Bradford, who is always hurt, under center. The latter could be good for Johnson because Bradford does a lot of dink-and-dunk passing, which could bring DJ back to a high-end RB1 quickly in PPR formats.

  • Posted: 2/7/2018 9:24pm ET

    Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (wrist) has been fully cleared to resume all football-related activities.

    Huddle Up: No one had it worse in 2017 than owners of David Johnson, who was lost for the year in only the third quarter of the first game of the NFL campaign. Fortunately, he'll at least be 100 percent for the start of next season. The only thing is that the offense Johnson will be playing for appears murky right now -- the Cardinals have a new head coach and it remains to be seen who will start under center for them in 2018.

  • Posted: 1/18/2018 5:26pm ET

    Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (wrist) has his strength and full range of motion back with his injured wrist, which is now healed. He's focused mostly on making sure he's 'ready to play' in 2018 and that he is as healthy as possible.

    Huddle Up: There was arguably no bigger tragedy in fantasy football this year than the unfortunate season-ending injury to Johnson, who was one of the first guys off the board in pretty much all drafts. Making matters worse, the 26-year-old will be returning to unfamiliar surroundings, having a new quarterback and head coach when the new campaign kicks off. Regardless, Johnson should remain one of the highest-ranked running backs going into next season.

  • Posted: 11/22/2017 12:42pm ET

    Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (wrist) has not made the progress he was expected to make in his rehabilitation and is not expected to return this season, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

    Huddle Up: It's hard to release Johnson with anything other than definitive news, but this is as close as we've gotten. It makes sense for the Cardinals to keep Johnson sidelined in a lost season anyway. If you still have him rostered, he can be dropped in redraft leagues.

  • Posted: 11/13/2017 7:45pm ET

    Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (wrist) announced that the cast on his left wrist was removed Monday, Nov. 13, and he will now begin rehab to restore strength and range of motion. Johnson has previously said that he would like to return this season 'no matter the team's record.'

    Huddle Up: Fantasy owners of Johnson have to love his desire to play before the conclusion of the campaign, but it's hard to see him on the field if the Cardinals are mathematically eliminated from playoff contention by the time he's ready to suit up again. With Carson Palmer also out, this is becoming a lost season for the club, so it would seem more likely than not that the club opts to keep him sidelined if there's nothing on the line.

  • Posted: 11/9/2017 6:30pm ET

    Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (wrist) is scheduled to have his cast removed Monday, Nov. 13, and he said he is 'optimistic' that he will be able to return at some point this season.

    Huddle Up: While Johnson is hoping to return this year, the Cardinals have already said the running back is likely to miss the remainder of the season. In the meantime, Arizona looks set to feed Adrian Peterson all the carries he can handle.

  • Posted: 10/31/2017 2:00pm ET

    Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (wrist) is not expected to return this season, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

    Huddle Up: The Adrian Peterson makes that much more sense if Arizona wasn't planning on having Johnson back at all this year. Peterson will continue to be the Cardinals' main toter of the rock, with Andre Ellington and Kerwynn Williams spelling him here and there. Peterson is a recommended start in Week 9 in an elite matchup versus the San Francisco 49ers.

  • Posted: 10/31/2017 10:06am ET

    Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (wrist) is reportedly doing well in his rehab, but general manager Steve Keim wasn't overly optimistic - per Darren Urban of - about his ability to return to the field anytime soon. 'We will continue to monitor (his recovery) to see if he can come back this season,' Keim said.

    Huddle Up: The injuries to Johnson and Carson Palmer have helped turn the Arizona offense into a sinking ship, and there is plenty of reason to believe the team will be too far out of the playoff race by the time either player is able to return to justify bringing them back. While owners can continue holding out hope Johnson may be able to return by Thanksgiving or shortly thereafter, the odds of that take a hit with each passing defeat.

  • Posted: 10/27/2017 11:32am ET

    Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (wrist) is still optimistic about returning to the field this season but admitted he is unsure if that will happen. 'I hope I do get back, but I really don?t know. The wrist is a complicated limb and it?s tough to say, just because I still have this cast on. I haven?t even started rehab so I don?t know yet,' Johnson said.

    Huddle Up: There has been speculation Johnson would be able to return by Thanksgiving, but it appears Johnson and his medical team still don't know if that is a possibility. Owners who have waited this long for a return should probably continue to do so this point, but there is no guarantee such a decision will pay off. Adrian Peterson figures to be locked into a heavy workload in the meantime.

  • Posted: 10/11/2017 5:51pm ET

    Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson's (wrist) earliest return date could be around Thanksgiving, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

    Huddle Up: Johnson is currently on the Reserve/Injured list and is still six to eight weeks away from playing again. Adrian Peterson and Andre Ellington will see time at running back with Peterson receiving most of the carries and Ellington being used in the passing game. Ellington can be a low-end No. 2 running back or flex option in point-per-reception leagues, while Peterson can be considered a flex option.

  • Posted: 9/13/2017 7:14am ET

    Updating previous reports, Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (wrist) will have surgery on his dislocated wrist Thursday, Sept. 14, and the team is hoping he returns in December.

    Huddle Up: He was originally given a two-to-three-month timeframe, but that appears it was optimistic on the front end. We're looking at 10 to 12 weeks, but even that isn't a given the way Ian Rapoport's tweet was framed. If you have five bench spots or more, and you can sacrifice depth at a position, he's worth stashing for the fantasy playoffs. Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington figure to be in a committee approach in Johnson's absence. Both are RB3 options to target on waivers.

  • Posted: 9/12/2017 8:19pm ET

    Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians told reporters Tuesday, Sept. 12, he hopes RB David Johnson (wrist) will be able to return from the Reserve/Injured list by Christmas.

    Huddle Up: The Cardinals host the New York Giants on Christmas Eve in Week 16, but the real news here is the growing pessimism regarding Johnson. If we take Arians' assertion at face value, Johnson will miss almost the entire season with a wrist injury and injury that has been given a timeline of two-to-three months. Owners may want to hold onto Johnson for a week or two to see if the prognosis changes, but it appears the No. 1 overall pick in most fantasy drafts won't be around for most of 2017.

  • Posted: 9/12/2017 8:40am ET

    Updating previous reports, Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (wrist) will have surgery this week and is expected to miss two to three months, according to a source. Johnson will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list designated to return.

    Huddle Up: Johnson was the first player taken in most drafts, and this obviously is a huge shakeup of the fantasy hierarchy. Kerwynn Williams figures to see increased action, but he is unproven and small. There are no guarantees he can be more than a rotational player with Andre Ellington and D.J. Foster. This looks like a committee system that may not bode too well for fantasy owners. Williams and Ellington need to be owned in PPR leagues, but you're unlikely to catch lightning in that bottle. If you own Johnson, you have to hold on to him. Even if he returns and plays the final month, he has enough upside to stack up to an RB3 over a season.

  • Posted: 9/11/2017 12:03pm ET

    Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (wrist) may be placed on the Reserve/Injured list if he is forced to miss a significant amount of time, according to sources.

    Huddle Up: Those who drafted Johnson should start worrying a little bit. As stated earlier, though, if Johnson does miss a good chunk of time then Kerwynn Williams will be a top waiver wire option, with Andre Ellington and/or Chris Johnson behind him. Other running back options include Tarik Cohen, Javorius Allen and Mike Tolbert.

  • Posted: 9/11/2017 11:50am ET

    Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (wrist) could have surgery on his injured wrist, according to a source. A decision on whether or not to have the surgery is expected within 24 to 48 hours.

    Huddle Up: Obviously this would be the biggest loss of Week 1, although Johnson would likely still be able to return this year. In the meantime, put Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington on waiver wire alert in case Johnson needs surgery. Chris Johnson could be re-signed soon, as well.

  • Posted: 9/10/2017 4:48pm ET

    Updating a previous report, the primary diagnosis for Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (wrist) is a sprained wrist, sources said Sunday, Sept. 10.

    Huddle Up: It is not believed that Johnson has a break, but he will have an MRI on Monday just to make sure. He attempted to return to Sunday's game in Detroit, but was forced out for the remainder of the day. Immediately after suffering the injury he fumbled. If he is forced to miss any time it would likely be Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington hauling the mail.

  • Posted: 9/10/2017 4:30pm ET

    Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (wrist) rushed 11 times for just 23 yards in the Week 1 loss at Detroit and he was forced to leave the game due to a wrist injury. He was able to add six receptions for 68 yards on nine targets.

    Huddle Up: Johnson's departure came at the worst time, as Kerwynn Williams came on and stole a touchdown in the red zone, leaving the first-round fantasy pick with very minimal production in the opener. There will certainly be better days, and he faces a great matchup in Indianapolis in Week 2 if his injury isn't serious.

  • Posted: 9/10/2017 12:33pm ET

    Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (wrist) suffered a wrist injury in Week 1 and is considered questionable to return.

    Huddle Up: Owners will need to look for an update on Johnson's status after the game or in the next few days. Johnson may be the most valuable fantasy running back available, so owners will need other options in case he misses some time.

  • Posted: 9/10/2017 12:18pm ET

    Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (undisclosed) had to leave the Week 1 game after suffering an undisclosed injury but was standing on the sidelines after walking off the field.

    Huddle Up: Johnson may have suffered a minor injury, so owners should keep an eye on the situation. Johnson is must-start player in all leagues as long as he is healthy.

2017 Game Logs

Wk Opp Car RYd RTD Cat CYd CTD
1 @DET 11 23 0 6 67 0

2016 Game Logs

Wk Opp Car RYd RTD Cat CYd CTD
1 NE 16 89 1 4 43 0
2 TB 12 45 0 3 98 0
3 @BUF 19 83 2 3 28 0
4 LAR 17 83 0 4 41 0
5 @SF 27 157 2 3 28 0
6 NYJ 22 111 3 3 27 0
7 SEA 33 113 0 8 58 0
8 @CAR 10 24 0 7 84 0
10 SF 19 55 1 5 46 1
11 @MIN 22 103 1 7 57 1
12 @ATL 13 58 0 8 103 1
13 WAS 18 84 1 9 91 1
14 @MIA 20 80 0 5 41 0
15 NO 12 53 2 4 55 0
16 @SEA 28 95 3 4 41 0
17 @LAR 5 6 0 3 38 0

2015 Game Logs

Wk Opp Car RYd RTD Cat CYd CTD
1 NO 0 0 0 1 55 1
2 @CHI 5 42 1 1 3 0
3 SF 7 25 0 3 16 0
4 LAR 3 18 0 4 63 1
5 @DET 3 6 2 0 0 0
6 @PIT 3 9 0 1 8 0
7 BAL 3 5 0 2 19 0
8 @CLE 1 4 0 2 44 0
10 @SEA 0 0 0 1 8 0
11 CIN 2 9 0 2 17 1
12 @SF 8 21 1 2 8 0
13 @LAR 22 99 0 2 21 1
14 MIN 19 92 0 5 31 0
15 @PHI 29 187 3 4 42 0
16 GB 9 39 1 3 88 0
17 SEA 11 25 0 3 34 0
P2 GB 15 35 0 6 43 0
P3 @CAR 15 60 1 9 68 0

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