Bruce Arians was asked yesterday if there was any update on the status of safety Rashad Johnson.
“No,” before a smile crept across his face, “but if you want to be on TV, hang around him.”
Certainly, Johnson’s presence has been ubiquitous (there’s my 10-cent word for the day) ever since he lost his fingertip Sunday in New Orleans. The season-ending injuries to three linebackers will hurt the Cardinals more in the long run, but Johnson’s injury is the one that has captured the imagination across the sports world. ESPN is coming to Florida today to talk to him, he’s been on The Dan Patrick Show and is going on Jim Rome and the topic hasn’t faded on that ESPN or NFL Network even has the days have gone by.
(And yes, we on the social media side have fanned the flames, particularly with the now infamous foam finger. That was originally meant just to have a chuckle among ourselves, but we decided it was pretty good and thought, let’s share it. Before anyone gets too upset, I ran it past Rashad ahead of time. He said he was cool with it, so we let the world in.)
Still, what Johnson wants is to get back on the field. He sat out practice yesterday but he had the finger checked out again last night and hopped on a stationary bike to see how it felt when he got the blood pumping. He said he felt good, which was a good sign. Arians said all along Jonson was day-to-day, and Johnson already said he’d prep as if he was going to play. It’s been suggested to me the other stuff about #thefinger — the hashtag did trend at one point — could be a distraction, but I don’t see that being the case for Johnson. If you’re going to lose a piece of flesh, I figure you deserve your 15 minutes if you want it. And when he is cleared to play again, I’m sure he will be ready.
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