Rashad, #thefinger, and playing again

Posted by Darren Urban on September 26, 2013 – 6:53 am

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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17 Responses to “Rashad, #thefinger, and playing again”

  1. By georgiebird on Sep 26, 2013 | Reply

    Cardinals’ fans are amazing. Last year, Rashad Johnson couldn’t beat out an over-the-hill Adrian Wilson. Most people were calling Johnson a bust. Now everyone is worried if Rashad will play or not.
    Let’s get to the reality stage. The Cardinals are losing defensive players that may be starters but in no way are they guys who are going to lead this defense out of the malaise that began with game one.

  2. By jason on Sep 26, 2013 | Reply

    I want HoneyBadger to get the experience, so having Johnson sit out another game doesn’t bother me. Especially if Johnson can not catch balls right now or is hesitant to tackle because of the finger.

  3. By nodavis2000 on Sep 26, 2013 | Reply


    Aren’t you also one of the fans that said that Dockett was washed up and couldn’t play anymore??? But he got 3 sacks, multiple pressures on Brees, and (I think) one or two tackles for loss. But I’m sure you’re going to say “It’s only one game” or “but he won’t do it again”. Always so negative… which I’m also sure you’ll respond with is: :I’m just being a realist, not negative.”

    Dude, it’s 3 games into the season, calm the freak down. Every team, and yes EVERY TEAM, has wrinkles that need to be worked out at the beginning of the season. The successful teams are the ones that correct the early mistakes and play better football in Nov and Dec, not Sept.

  4. By Chris B on Sep 26, 2013 | Reply

    Actually, he did take playing time from Wilson.

  5. By kauaicardsfan on Sep 26, 2013 | Reply

    I just cut off the tip of my finger, looked in the sink and there it was. It has been a month now and only now is the pain is starting to subside.
    Rashad must have a high tolerate of pain especially if he has to tackle or even catch a ball, anything hitting that area will bring tears to your eyes until the “raw” area hardens.
    I hope he has a speedy recovery!!

  6. By erik on Sep 26, 2013 | Reply


    Chris is right, Johnson did take snaps from Wilson. A good share too, there was even a few stories last year about A-Dub getting upset about his waning playing time. I somewhat agree with you about Johnson’s abiity, no one is declaring him a top flight safety, but he is a solid player, and on the team you root for no less!

    As far as the defense, what do you want them to do? You seem to fancy yourself a realist, but it seems like you will not be satisfied until we shut out every team we face. Not going to happen.

    All that said, I know you are a true fan because your posts are all over this website, but lets get some positive thoughts going! Who knows, if we all do it maybe this teams luck will turn around!

  7. By georgiebird on Sep 26, 2013 | Reply

    @Erik @nodavis

    NEVER said Dockett was washed up. What I said was ‘he’s playing in a 3-4 system that doesn’t work for his game’. If a 4-3 team could take one of our front seven guys for a year or two- it would be Dockett and that includes DWash and all injured guys. That’s why I recommended he be traded to a 4-3 team.
    The Cards have not played their 4 games with the 49ers and Seahawks. Where is the Big Red going this year?
    Rashad got time because AW was injured and AW was finally exposed as being worthless as a cover safety-and Rashad was in his 4th year and still couldn’t beat out the old man..
    I’ve been a Cardinals’ fan for 54 years and have seen the seasons slip by year after year. So continue to wear your rose-colored glasses and wait for Kurt Warner to come thru the door and save your season. And after the season is over, I’ll be right and you’ll be wrong, AGAIN.

  8. By georgiebird on Sep 26, 2013 | Reply

    @Chris B
    He took time from AW on passing downs-and we know why. But who was the 1st string SS at the end of the season. In the last game of the 2012 season , AW had 5 tackles 1 Assist and Rashad had 1 tackle 0 Assists- so it doesn’t look like he beat AW out by game 16. Actually, as the 95th player picked in the 2009 draft, I would have expected Rashad to take some playing time away from AW on passing downs; AW was 33 years old last year.
    Of little consequence but I believe Rashad was moved to FS when Kerry Rhodes was injured

  9. By LG on Sep 26, 2013 | Reply

    Georgiebird you are right in a lot of ways but why so bitter?it’s all about hope without hope you would not be a fan for 54 years.and i would not be a fan for 19 years.

  10. By erik on Sep 26, 2013 | Reply

    Well said, LG.

  11. By LG on Sep 26, 2013 | Reply

    The commentators from the saints game said they did not like Todd Bowles scheme when we was playing the saints. i did not like it the first game vs the rams. but it look like its getting better every week. But a good TE kills us every game.

  12. By rod on Sep 26, 2013 | Reply

    I cut my middle finger in half with a skill saw (using the term loosely) when I was about 27…cut all the way through except for some tissue that left it hanging.

    It didn’t hurt for about 5 minutes then OMG…cartoon finger!!!

    Throb throb throb….

    I doubt he plays.

  13. By T. Stone on Sep 26, 2013 | Reply

    Speaking of Kerry Rhodes…………….Do we still have his number?

  14. By ored on Sep 26, 2013 | Reply

    it would help a lot if we had that stud TE.

    georgie,you need to line up the label along with everyone else or it does’nt work.

    3 games,it’s only been 3 games,be a fan and root along with the rest of us,we made alot of changes from last year,give em chance to work,or get a press card and stand in line to ask your questions and give your opinions,everybody has one but if it’s your team,try and be a little positive,it’s not easy to come back from cellar dwellar,you only have so many draft choices and cap space to work with and lots of new pieces to make fit,takes time.

  15. By georgiebird on Sep 26, 2013 | Reply

    At the 19 year mark, I was still an avid fan with the same hope you have today. The years have made me one of the more knowledgeable Cardinals’ fans. But in the same sense, 54 years has taken it’s toll on my patience. I see the same mistakes being made season to season. It’s been a long haul, I wish there was light at the end of the tunnel.

  16. By CreditCard on Sep 26, 2013 | Reply

    Csonka running up the middle with a twisted nose, Butkis with his white bears pants spotted with blood, Elway doing a 360 in mid-air for a touchdown, Jim Otto limping out on the field then plowing down a nose tackle, Johnson getting a piece of his finer torn-off, and then dishing it off, “I have 9 others” — this is what traditional football is all about. Johnson, just cast himself with tough players of yester-year. Priceless.

  17. By clssylssy on Sep 27, 2013 | Reply

    Sure hope this foam finger is not just talk and a joke! Everybody will want one and they won’t be able to keep them in stock. Fans from other teams will want them (and then will paint over them in their team’s colors)…this could be the biggest thing this season. And, why not? Usually when someone suffers a traumatic amputation and loss of profuse amounts of blood they are “shockey” and not allowed back into the throws of combat…Johnson going back in was indeed reminiscent of another era and shows the Cards are tougher than given credit for,Rashard deserves his props! Sounds like a smart marketing tool all around!

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