| RB Ellington set to return|
Role may be reduced in wake of sprained knee injury
By: Jake Gordon | Wed Oct 7, 8:00 pm
|Running back Andre Ellington primes for his return from a sprained knee on Sunday against the Lions, giving coach Bruce Arians his full complement of backs for the first time since the season-opening win over the Saints. Bruce Arians likes to spread the ball around, which is why 25 touches for any one player are unlikely at this point. (AZCardinals.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Cardinals will move forward under a RBBC that should be led by Andre Ellington with Chris Johnson and David Johnson splitting the rest of the workload. Ellington and Chris Johnson have the most fantasy value and remain worthy of starting in what has been a very productive scoring offense to open the year.
| Ellington to play, but CJ2K to start|
Cardinals likely to use committee approach this weekend
By: John Canario | Fri Oct 2, 6:05 pm
|Chris Johnson’s career prospects didn’t look like all that promising this offseason when he was recovering from a gunshot to the shoulder after a mediocre 2014 season with the Jets, but he landed with the Cardinals in August and got a chance to run as the team’s lead back when Andre Ellington hurt his knee in the season opener. Johnson’s made the most of it. He’s gained 182 yards on 42 carries the last two weeks and scored two touchdowns in last week’s rout of the 49ers. That production has earned Johnson an extended look as the starter. Coach Bruce Arians said Friday that Johnson will remain the team’s starter against the Rams this Sunday even if Ellington returns to the lineup. Arians said Ellington is a game-time decision and Josina Anderson of ESPN reported that the back is expected to play this weekend. (NBC Sports)|
FFToday's Take: After a week where CJ2K turned in an impressive fantasy performance, it's anyone's guess which Cardinals' RB will be the one to shine this weekend. You'd have to think Chris Johnson is the favorite, but expect Ellington and rookie David Johnson to eat into his touches.
| RB Ellington at practice three days after injury|
Wearing brace with sprained PCL
By: Jake Gordon | Wed Sep 16, 8:20 pm
|They might not play on Sunday in Chicago, but two key members of the Cardinals offense were at practice on Wednesday and were able to be on the field. That’s an encouraging sign for both running back Andre Ellington and left guard Mike Iupati, who were expected to be sidelined for another week to three weeks. Ellington has a sprained right posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and Iupati is recovering from surgery to repair torn meniscus in his left knee. Coach Bruce Arians said it was a bit of a surprise that Ellington was able to test his knee this soon after injuring it just three days earlier.“Yeah,” he said. “He’s in a brace and we’ll see what he can do and what he can’t do.”
FFToday's Take: Andre Ellington's presence at practice is a good indication that the sprained PCL injury he suffered in week 1 won't keep him out any more than the one to three week time-table originally stated. However, Ellington's inability to stay healthy gives the team and HC Bruce Arians more reason to lighten the load on Arizona's lead back when he returns. Chris Johnson is projected to see the majority of the carries Sunday versus the Bears in week two with David Johnson being mixed in as well.
| Andre Ellington could miss 2-3 weeks|
Grade 1 PCL Sprain
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Sep 14, 1:01 pm
|Source: Cardinals RB Andre Ellington has a Grade 1 PCL Sprain. Estimated return to play 2 to 3 weeks. (Josina Anderson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ellington battled injury last season as off on the wrong foot to start 2015. Expect Chris Johnson to get the start this week against the Bears with rookie David Johnson operating as the No.2 back.
| Possible PCL injury for Andre Ellington|
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Sep 13, 9:00 pm
|Cardinals running back Andre Ellington’s bad luck with injuries didn’t change on Sunday. He suffered a right knee injury in the fourth quarter and didn’t return.
The severity of the injury is unknown. Coach Bruce Arians said it appears the injury is the posterior cruciate ligament, but that’s not certain.
FFToday's Take: Ellington's fragility made him a risky pick in fantasy drafts and for good reason. We don't have a firm diagnosis yet on the injury but if Ellington is out for an extended period of time, Chris Johnson and David Johnson would likely shoulder the running back load.
|CJ2K impresses in Cardinals' final preseason game|
HC: "I thought Chris looked extremely sharp"
By: John Canario | Fri Sep 4, 4:20 pm
|Chris Johnson still has a splash of gas in the tank. The veteran running back piled up 45 yards at 4.1 yards per carry in his quest to make Arizona's roster. We expect the Cardinals to keep him around after Johnson showed burst on the ground and through the air. Johnson showed no visible signs of the hamstring injury that kept him off the field during the preseason, leaving coach Bruce Arians to say, per The Arizona Republic: "I thought Chris looked extremely sharp." (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: For fantasy purposes, there is an unfortunate running back situation brewing in Arizona. Any touches that Chris Johnson gets will be at the expense of Andre Ellington and rookie David Johnson. While Ellington is still the favorite to carry the bulk of the load, he has a couple of backs nipping at his heels for playing time. His starting job is far from secure.
| RB Chris Johnson expected to play |
Practiced in full Tuesday
By: Jake Gordon | Tue Sep 1, 6:00 pm
|TEMPE, Ariz. -- The third time may be the charm for Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson.
Johnson went through a full practice Tuesday at full speed and is on pace to play in Thursday night’s preseason finale at Denver. A hamstring injury suffered two days before Arizona’s second preseason game, against San Diego, has kept sidelined.
FFToday's Take: This is an important step for Chris Johnson as he is expected to get about a dozen carries in this game. This audition will give HC Bruce Arians his first chance to evaluate the veteran against the other backup options like rookie David Johnson. A strong performance could breathe life into Chris Johnson's fantasy value yet again.
| CJ?K out 1-2 weeks with pulled hamstring|
Cards veteran RB may not see live action until regular season
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Sun Aug 23, 10:22 am
|Chris Johnson wasn’t able to stay healthy for long in Arizona. Coach Bruce Arians explained that Johnson pulled a hamstring in Thursday’s practice and will be out for a week or two.
(Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: It's been a difficult year for Johnson, who got shot in the shoulder during a "drive-by" in March, and couldn't even catch on with the Cowboys, where there were reports of interest and an uncertain backfield. He didn't play in Saturday's preseason game against the Chargers even though the Cardinals had initially planned to get him at least a few carries. His already dubious fantasy value is falling faster with rookie David Johnson running well and Andre Ellington still atop the depth chart
|David Johnson virtually uncoverable in practice|
Back at practice after dealing with a hamstring injury
By: Doug Orth | Thu Aug 20, 7:25 pm
|David Johnson has looked pretty good as a receiver out of the backfield the last couple of days. Yes, Johnson is a running back. He still has to show he can carry the ball, and he talked Wednesday about learning a very big playbook. But while he cautioned that hamstrings can be “tricky,” Johnson has run well the past couple of practices. And catching the ball, he has looked every bit the player Bruce Arians said he’d be in that role. In drills coming out of the backfield, no one has really been able to cover him, making one think about the matchup issues Johnson can provide. Now, we wait to see what it looks like in a game. (azcardinals.com)|
FFToday's Take: One thing is for sure: Arizona is more prepared for an injury to Andre Ellington than it was last year. Chris Johnson was added earlier this week while Ellington and David Johnson were both on the mend, but both are back practicing. The Cardinals' running back situation is becoming a mess for fantasy purposes, however, since all three players are supposedly vying for a starting gig. Ellington's grasp on the job is tenuous at best.
|Cardinals sign Chris Johnson to one-year deal|
Expected to push Andre Ellington for playing time
By: Doug Orth | Mon Aug 17, 9:25 pm
|The Arizona Cardinals and free-agent RB Chris Johnson agreed on a one-year deal Monday. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported the deal could be worth up to $2 million. The Cardinals were thin at running back the first two weeks of training camp. Both starter Andre Ellington and third-round pick David Johnson were out with hamstring injuries. Chris Johnson was arrested this offseason in Orlando, Florida, for openly carrying a weapon, but officials decided not to pursue charges. In a separate incident, he was shot in the right shoulder during a drive-by shooting that left a friend with bullet wounds and the driver of their car dead. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Chris Johnson, who failed to rush for at least 1,000 yards for the first time in his seven-season career with the Jets last season, fits the mold of Arizona's other backs as players with electric speed that have little interest in running between the tackles. The addition of the soon-to-be 30-year-old back could very well mean Ellington will be splitting carries at some point and David Johnson will have a hard time getting much playing time in 2015.
|Chris Johnson to sign with Cards?|
Arizona reportedly offers CJ2K one-year deal
By: Antonio D'Arcangelis | Tue Aug 11, 8:55 am
|Dianna Marie Russini of ESPN tweeted that free agent RB Chris Johnson has been offered a one-year contract to sign with the Arizona Cardinals. (ESPN/Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Cards have a mishmash of notoriously fragile players (Andre Ellington and third-round pick David Johnson are both nursing hamstring injuries) and other less-than-exciting options in Marion Grice and Kerwynn Williams, so it's interesting to see a former rushing champ in the mix. Even if Johnson signs, he'll likely be caught in a timeshare or committee unless Ellington or Johnson go down for good.
|Ivory the favorite to be Jets' RB1|
HC: "He's going to have to become a better receiver"
By: John Canario | Fri Aug 7, 4:20 pm
|The New York Jets have a crowded backfield, but one back has yet to emerge as a bellcow to shoulder the load. Chris Ivory is the leading man for the job, but Stevan Ridley, Bilal Powell, and Zac Stacy are waiting in the wings. Ivory, who's split carries with Chris Johnson and Powell the past two years, respectively, is hoping that 2015 is his breakout campaign as a No. 1 back. "Right now, I’m doing pretty much everything," Ivory said via ESPN." Although he has led the Jets in carries the last two seasons, he hasn't exactly found himself head-and-shoulders above his competition. This season could be different, as head coach Todd Bowles has been impressed with Ivory thus far. There's just one area of concern for Bowles, where Ivory needs to improve. "He’s as advertised," Bowles said. "We knew he was tough and he could pound it up in there. But he cuts well, he’s got good vision [too]. "He’s going to have to become a better receiver," Bowles continued. "He has decent hands. He just needs to concentrate a little more." (Fox Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Averaging just 592 rushing yards per season over his five years in the NFL, Ivory is far from a sexy pick. However, he racked up a career-high 943 total rushing and receiving yards last year and seven touchdowns. If he can secure the top spot on the Jets' depth chart, he could be a serviceable RB2 if you're still in the market for a back in the middle rounds.
| McFadden remains out with hamstring injury|
RB has missed 29 games with 15 different injuries in his career
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Aug 3, 1:00 pm
|Owner Jerry Jones expects Darren McFadden to be fully healed for the season opener against the New York Giants. The running back has spent the first week of training camp on the physically unable to perform list after tweaking his left hamstring while working out the week before leaving for Oxnard. McFadden missed much of the offseason program with an injured right hamstring. (Star-Telegram)|
FFToday's Take: It's still early in camp but the hamstring issues for McFadden have to be concerning for a player that's dealt with similar leg injuries in his career. McFadden is penciled in behind starter Joseph Randle but it won't be a shock if the Cowboys decided to bring in a free agent (Chris Johnson, Steven Jackson) before Week 1.
| Darren McFadden placed on active/PUP list|
By: Doug Orth | Thu Jul 30, 6:35 pm
|The search for DeMarco Murray’s replacement will go on without Darren McFadden practicing at the start of training camp. On Thursday, he was placed on the active/physically unable to perform list with a hamstring injury.
McFadden’s body has routinely betrayed him since his NFL career was launched in 2008. McFadden suffered 15 injuries in his first six seasons that caused him to miss 29 games. (Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: Former McFadden owners probably aren't surprised by this development since most of the 15 injuries McFadden suffered in Oakland were to his hamstring. With many evaluators suggesting McFadden lost some of his explosiveness during his final days in Oakland, it would seem Joseph Randle's grip on the right to replace Murray is tightening. The Cowboys have reportedly been in contact with Chris Johnson in recent days, for what it is worth.