| Andre Ellington expected to play -- Fri Dec 25 7:15 pm --|
Will likely be change of pace back
|Running back Andre Ellington (toe), safety Rashad Johnson (ankle), defensive tackle Cory Redding (ankle) and defensive tackle Frostee Rucker (ankle) were all listed as questionable against the Packers.
Arians said the likelihood of Ellington playing Sunday is “very good.”
“He’s fine,” Arians said. “He practiced full speed two days in a row now.”
FF Today's Take: David Johnson has taken over the lead back duties in Arizona but Ellington should be worked in for 7-10 touches on Sunday against the Packers. Johnson remains a clear-cut RB1.
| Andre Ellington not expected to play -- Sun Dec 20 7:00 am --|
Likely back in Week 16
|AZCardinals RB Andre Ellington (questionable, toe) is not expected to play tonight vs. the #Eagles, source said. Likely back next week. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: With Ellington out, David Johnson should once again command most of the running back workload for Arizona. Last week, Johnson racked up 24 touches while Stepfan Taylor and Kerywnn Williams combined for 8. Johsnon is an RB1 against the Eagles in Week 16.
| David Johnson to start again, Ellington ruled out -- Wed Dec 9 7:21 pm --|
Logged career-high 22 carries vs. Rams a week ago
|The Cardinals will again be down three important players against the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, as running back Andre Ellington, cornerback Jerraud Powers and defensive tackle Frostee Rucker couldn’t get healthy given the short week. (AZCentral.com)|
FF Today's Take: Rookie RB David Johnson did just fine carrying the load for the Cardinals last week and he'll be asked to do so again in Week 14 with Andre Ellington already ruled out for Thursday's matchup with the Vikings. Johnson should be able to find just enough room against Minnesota to be a low-end RB2 this week. Meanwhile, Andre Ellington continues to be sidelined with turf toe so Kerwynn Williams and Stepfan Taylor will backup Johnson.
| Ellington ruled out, David Johnson to start -- Fri Dec 4 5:40 pm --|
Rookie RB set to handle heavy workload
|Andre Ellington (toe) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in St. Louis. As expected, Ellington will miss at least one game due to the turf toe injury he suffered in Week 12. David Johnson is thus set to serve as the unquestioned leader of Arizona's backfield in Sunday's game, but with Chris Johnson done for the season, Ellington may still get his shot at an increased role. David Johnson will be backed up by Stepfan Taylor and Kerwynn Williams. (CBS Sports)|
FF Today's Take: Despite some fumbling issues, David Johnson has been fairly productive as a rookie. The 24-year-old, who has eight touchdowns this season, will be looking to add to that total against the Rams on Sunday.
| Chris Johnson out 6-8 weeks -- Tue Dec 1 11:10 am --|
Cards will look to David Johnson, Kerwynn Williams
|Mike Jurecki on Twitter: "Hearing Chris Johnson (tibia) expected to miss six to eight weeks. RB Kerwynn Williams could be an option from the practice squad." (Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: It's likely that this development, coupled with the Andre Ellington injury, gives rookie RB David Johnson the opportunity he needs to excel and reach RB2 value, though Bruce Arians has consistently downplayed his possible use as a workhorse for whatever reason. Johnson is the 1A add this week, with Williams as 1B.
| Report: Chris Johnson has fractured tibia -- Mon Nov 30 6:05 pm --|
Timetable for return unknown
|Tough blow for Cardinals: Chris Johnson has fractured tibia, out extended period of time but team still gathering how long this shelves him. (Jay Glazer on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Initial reports suggested Johnson was dealing with a knee bruise, so the combination of this report and Andre Ellington's turf toe means David Johnson could become a potential second-half fantasy stud. In the off-chance David Johnson was dropped after his scoring flurry earlier this season, now is the time to be picking him up. The rookie has eight all-purpose touchdowns on 76 touches as a runner, receiver or returner.
| Chris Johnson, Ellington in question for Week 13 -- Mon Nov 30 5:35 pm --|
Rookie David Johnson in line for first career start
|The resurgent season of running back Chris Johnson might be derailed for a bit after a helmet to the side of his left knee Sunday left him with a contusion and possible missed time. The Cardinals might also be missing backup Andre Ellington, who suffered a turf toe on the same possession as Johnson’s injury.
There is no official timetable for either’s return, coach Bruce Arians said Monday, but rookie David Johnson looks like the starter for now and “I have all the confidence in the world in him starting,” Arians said. (azcardinals.com)|
FF Today's Take: David Johnson has been given the "rookie treatment" by old-school coach Arians due to ball security and pass-blocking issues. However, he has proven to be a big-play threat just about every time he touches the ball (eight all-purpose touchdowns on 76 touches as a runner, receiver or returner). If CJ2K and Ellington are both ruled out for next week, the rookie should be considered a high-upside RB2 against a Rams defense that is starting to fade.