Report: Chris Johnson suffers leg fracture

Posted by Darren Urban on November 30, 2015 – 5:00 pm

There is no official word from the team, but Jay Glazer — the Fox Sports NFL reporter who worked out with Chris Johnson this offseason — reported Monday afternoon that Johnson has a fractured tibia, suffered when he took a helmet to his leg during Sunday’s game in San Francisco. (Multiple reports have since echoed Glazer’s news.) Glazer said the team is still trying to determine how long Johnson might miss, but it’s probably safe to assume he’s out for now.

On a personal level, it’s rough for Johnson, who has 814 yards rushing and has heavy incentives for yardage totals and also for a Pro Bowl berth (which was looking like a lock for a while there.) He had been slowed of late — he has just 138 yards rushing total the past three games — but he was still the starter and the guy the Cards were looking to to grind out yards.

On a team level, there was already a look toward rookie David Johnson since both Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington were hurting. Ellington has a turf toe, and his return is also up in the air. The Cards might be too deep in the season for IR-scheduled-to-return, so it’s an important question of when CJ can come back, or if he can come back. That’s a roster spot that’s valuable, especially with injuries piling up.


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  1. By DTL on Nov 30, 2015 | Reply

    CJ2K, man, love this dude, maybe done. Gave us all he had, it was a LOT. Rook can carry the rock, but will he protect it? Opportunity knocks. KW and RH on P Squad, waiting their chance…

  2. By DTL on Nov 30, 2015 | Reply

    PS: Dude is playing with bullet in him. Won’t count him out. Prayers.

  3. By Dr H on Nov 30, 2015 | Reply

    Hopefully CJ will be healed by the post season……

  4. By Scott H on Nov 30, 2015 | Reply

    Not good….but not tragic. Not yet, anyway. CJ may be back….maybe not. Ellington SHOULD be back….shouldn’t he??

    It is becoming more and more clear that Ellington cannot go far before he is hurt again. CJ’s presence here this season was more a necessity than a blessing. I hope Ellington is back, but….what can we really count on if / when he is???

    I find myself excited that DJ is going to get his chance. I’d much prefer the 3-headed monster we’ve enjoyed up to this point, but…..that probably wasn’t going to last through 16 games and beyond. DJ was drafted for a reason and we may as well get his future started now, for better or worse. Hopefully, he will be adequate with blocking and blitz pick-ups. I don’t want to see Palmer start to take a beating because THAT aspect of our offensive backfield is now compromised.

    On the plus side of the ledger, we know DJ IS adept at catching passes out of the backfield and making plays. AND given the light duty he has seen thus far, he should have legs that are at full strength and raring to go. This late in the season – when everyone is beat up at least a little – a fresh, young set of legs at RB could be awesome!

    Go get ’em, kid. You don’t need to be Adrian Peterson. Just be the David Johnson we have seen glimpses of this year.

  5. By BIGAL on Nov 30, 2015 | Reply

    Can you say???
    “Ask Kerwynn Williams…” Sorry…but couldn’t resist…however, this is getting serious! They better figure out & do something quick cause BA’s buddy Chuck Pagano knows him too KW… & they just lost Ahmad Bradshaw! Good thing we were able keep him on the practice squad til now! Figure out if CJ can or can’t make it back & make the appropriate roster move! Hell in the meantime can they send recently brought in DT Red Bryant to the PS? We are also very thin @ TE, only 3 on roster…& CB’s also only 3 if JPowers is out any time… & that’s counting Robert Nelson! Honey Badger may have to play CB & leave behind his awesome
    FS play! This is getting scary…especially going into St. Louis this week, where they seem to have a knack for hurting players!

  6. By georgiebird on Nov 30, 2015 | Reply

    Hate to see Chris get hurt. But Chris was not going to do much with the way the OL has been playing. If David can hold on to the ball, he’s better than Chris right now. The only caveat- thought the Cards would have David running a little closer to the ground by now.

  7. By CardinalNick on Nov 30, 2015 | Reply

    Any chance we give Steven Jackson a look? He graded out as PFF number 3 blocking back last yr, im more worried about the dropoff inpass protection that David’s ability to carry the rock as a starter.

  8. By Chuck 1 on Nov 30, 2015 | Reply

    Whatever happened to AndyKW?

  9. By clssylssy on Nov 30, 2015 | Reply

    Chris Johnson has been a God send for this team and was the feel good story of the season. Talented, experienced and tough as a boot, he won me over by his fearlessness and team first attitude, his humility and gratitude to the Cards organization for giving him an opportunity. He gave us a ground game, the likes of which I haven’t seen in my twenty years as a fan, and, he was basically playing for next to nothing plus incentives that he looked to be able to attain. I just hope the Cards do right by him as he has some intangibles that the RB rotation is in need of.
    Early word was that he was walking around and so his injury was believed to be a bone bruise, sounds like it might be a hairline fracture in which case, with his toughness could mean he was back in time for the playoffs. In the meantime, we have David Johnson, Stephen Taylor and KW, and are still deep at WR, perhaps a little creativity and BA can come up with some plays using one of his speedy receivers. Prayers and best wishes for Chris and Andre’s swift recovery, don’t want to be sidelined for the Big Dance!
    So happy to see PP step up and get the defense into a player’s only meeting, something the offense and special teams should have too in preparation for a meeting with the St. Louis knee cappers this week. Sure hope the refs are on their toes and vigilant in light of the massive numbers of player injuries St. Louis happens to have racked up. GO CARDS, WE’VE GOT PAYBACK TO COLLECT!

  10. By krehbieo14 on Nov 30, 2015 | Reply

    I am not sure about ESPN reporter, Josh Weinfuss’s assessment, that losing CJ may derail our Super Bowl plans. CJ seemed to be hitting the “fatigue” wall along with inept play by our OLine. Thank God we have good options and I’m looking forward to seeing David Johnson get more reps. He’s a big back who should be able to get tough yardage and break some long runs. He’s deceptively fast and strong. Hopefully, Ellington will be back as a playmaker along with Taylor. As Arian’s has said, it time for our rookies to show what they’ve got under the bright lights. Best wishes to CJ for speedy recovery!

  11. By Rock on Nov 30, 2015 | Reply

    Get back before the playoffs, CJ. We’re counting on you to help us raise the Lombardi!

  12. By John The Draft Guy on Nov 30, 2015 | Reply

    Horrible news, just horrible !!!

    Hoping Chris Johnson comes back soon but not likely. With Ellington down again, the cards will need to add a back.

    The cards are set up to make a serious run for the super bowl. Those chances go down without a running game. There is a lot of play action from this offense. This hurts.

    Is it time to call Ray Rice??

  13. By Darren Urban on Dec 1, 2015 | Reply

    JTDG —

    RE: Adding an RB

    Ray Rice?

  14. By Richard S on Nov 30, 2015 | Reply

    RANK TEAM* RATING Win margin on neutral field Homefield 3 point advantage
    1 NE(5) 100.3 13.15 16.15
    2 CAROLINA(17) 98.98 14.29 11.29
    3 KC(10) 98.83 13.02 10.02
    4 ARIZ.(13) 97.49 11.12 8.12
    5 CINCY(14) 97.36 15.13 12.13
    6 DENVER(4) 96.19 11.66 8.66
    7 SEATTLE(2) 96.02 4.68 1.68
    8 GBAY(1) 94.69 6.35 3.35
    9 PITT(9) 93.76 0.47 3.47
    10 INDY(3) 93.29 -0.47 -3.47
    11 BUFF(15) 92.77 2.26 5.26
    12 MINN(23) 91.34 -4.68 -1.68
    13 GIANTS(19) 91.21 0.94 3.94
    14 HOUSTON(16) 90.51 -2.26 -5.26
    15 JETS(24) 90.27 -0.94 -3.94
    16 CHICAGO(26) 89.81 6.21 9.21
    17 DALLAS(6) 89.6 1.92 -1.08
    18 BALT(8) 89.41 2.27 -0.73
    19 DETROIT(18) 88.34 -6.35 -3.35
    20 ATL(21) 87.96 0.63 -2.37
    21 WASH(28) 87.68 -1.92 1.08
    22 TAMPA(29) 87.33 -0.63 2.37
    23 PHIL(7) 87.15 -13.15 -16.15
    24 MIA(11) 87.14 -2.27 0.73
    25 RAMS(22) 86.37 -11.12 -8.12
    26 OAK(32) 85.81 -13.02 -10.02
    27 NO(12) 84.69 -14.29 -11.29
    28 SD(20) 84.53 -11.66 -8.66
    29 SANFRAN(25) 83.6 -6.21 -9.21
    30 JAX(30) 83.17 1.09 -1.91
    31 CLEVELAND(27) 82.23 -15.13 -12.13
    32 TENNESEE(31) 82.08 -1.09 1.91
    10/16 in week 12 correct.
    Carolina jumps over Az and KC to send Az to #4 in rankings.
    After week 12, 114/176 64.77%
    Initial ESPN power rank in parenthesis after team name.
    Cardinals week by week rating 13/12/7/5/5/3/3/3/3/4/2/3/4
    System correct picks thru wk 11 was leading both Boomer
    and Phil on Inside the NFL.

    That injury doesn’t sound good. Kerwin Williams time maybe. He didn’t look that bad last year. He had some good runs.

  15. By Eazy E on Nov 30, 2015 | Reply

    This is a gargantuan loss for our running game! Couple that with Andre having turf toe and these are killers for our run game! Chris was excellent this year and having a huge year! Pro-Bowl/All-Pro type stuff, and now we can only hope and pray he comes back soon or before the season ends before the playoffs! David has been surprising me and probably everybody with his play this year, but this is a notch or two different than his role before the injuries! He doesn’t strike the same fear in opposing defenses simply because they know he’s a rookie and he ain’t Chris or Andre!

  16. By dan on Dec 1, 2015 | Reply

    Ummmm…..what kind of genius call was that anyway? Gee, lets have Carson Palmer line up at WR and then run it in his direction………only fitting that the cornerback on Palmer took Johnsons leg out……….really fooled then on that play……..lamest playcall of the season.

  17. By dan on Dec 1, 2015 | Reply

    Oh………and with this offensive line………K. Williams would be the best fit………but what would I know?

  18. By CRamsey on Dec 1, 2015 | Reply

    Sucks for both of these guys. If CJ has a less serious stress/hairline fracture, I think there is a good chance we see him back fresh in the postseason. Especially if we can hold on to the bye. From the time of the injury, the wildcard round is 6 weeks away, the divisional round 7.

    With Ellington, he’s a home run threat when he touches the ball and is healthy, but just not durable. Which is too bad because he seems like a good dude, hard worker, mentally tough, just the body doesn’t hold up.

    I’d still love to still keep him around after his rookie contract is up. We just need to find a role that is not as demanding as slamming it between the tackles. The scatback role should suit him better full time. Maybe even consider making him a hybrid wideout where there isn’t as much punishment on the lower body and he can still get in space.

  19. By TFan on Dec 1, 2015 | Reply

    I applaud Coach Ariens for stocking up on running backs. We’ve needed a run game. That is the biggest difference between this team and the 1974-76 offense.
    That team had Jim Otis, Thomas Jones, and others who could tote the ball, as well as Jackie Smith, who not only could block, but was a terrific tight end with speed. Jim Hart had plenty of time to pass due to a fantastic offensive line AND A VIABLE RUNNING GAME!
    I trust BA to come up with a workable plan for a ground game. Gotta’ beat those Rams, then Packers!

  20. By DTL on Dec 1, 2015 | Reply

    Having won 11 last year, 10 may not be a big hurdle. Rams nasty, Cards have some pretty tough guys too…look across the line at Iupati, Veldheer, Campbell, Bryant, Freeney, Minter, Buc, Mathieu, Fitz, Palmer … Cards can light them up too. Cards should win a slugfest.

  21. By joe 67 on Dec 1, 2015 | Reply

    @ Tfan, it was Steve Jones, not Thomas Jones, and don’t forget another guy by the name of Terry Metcalf.
    You are right tho, one of the best offenses ever, just not Defense

  22. By D on Dec 1, 2015 | Reply

    No choice than to bring up Kirwan. to late in the season to pull Marcus Allen or OJ Simpson off the street or out of the hole. ( Ray Rice, really are you drunk JTDG?)

    K. Williams did have a 100 yrd game with a worse line than this year’s lineup. The decision is that roster spot, perm shelve CJ or cut loose a Robert Nelson and hope Powers only misses one week and B. Golden can play CB if needed…

  23. By MikeFlorio on Dec 1, 2015 | Reply

    Taylor and Williams will step up as well. I think Urb, wrote something about it, Bruce likes Taylor and his potential we just have depth, well time to lace up and give Johnson and Taylor the Rock.
    Fresh legs for the Late season push and playoffs…Let’s go !!

  24. By John The Draft Guy on Dec 1, 2015 | Reply

    Darren and others,

    The case for Ray Rice;

    First, the same fans saying we can use Kerwynn Williams were the same that thought Ryan Lindley would be fine.
    Stephan Taylor is a special teams guy, not much more.

    If Ellington is missing significant time, this is a big blow.

    So, why Ray Rice. OK, put aside the punch. Is anyone remembering AP and his whipping of his kid as he is leading the league in rushing and the Vikings to a possible division title??

    Now Rice has been out of football and I have no idea if he is ready to/ or has the will to play, for some reason he won’t take my calls. Is he even football ready is the big question.

    But when you look at an explosive inside runner, who can bounce plays outside, catch passes, and has a proven 6 year career, Rice is the only RB out there who makes sense.

    For all those who think the RBs will be fine, we will see this weekend. The rams will not respect the run and pin their ears back. With this line full of holes, look out Mr Palmer.

    I banged the table last year for a trade for Akeem Ayers, who played beautifully for NE on the way to the superbowl. In fact, made the tackle on Lynch the play before the int to win the game. Many said I was crazy then. If Rice is in football shape and wants to play, this is the guy to grab.

  25. By Darren Urban on Dec 1, 2015 | Reply

    JTDG —

    RE: Rice

    Rice was on the downturn before he had his incident. Once he did all those things. He wasn’t doing them in the season before his incident, and he hasn’t played — or practiced — football since. Add that with the baggage, zero reason to bring him in. He is not Peterson. That’s reality.

    Plus, the coaches love Kerwynn Williams.

  26. By Scott H on Dec 1, 2015 | Reply

    OK, glad to see K-Will promoted from the practice squad. Look, with the perspective of how bad things got late last season….this is NOWHERE near as bad. Time for the David Johnson era to begin. And I believe K-Will will be able to contribute something. We do need Ellington back, though. And soon. ASAP. This week would be nice.

    Ray Rice? Please. You must be kidding. No way. The guy hasn’t played in two years at this point. How would anyone expect him to come in NOW and have anything to offer? And given how he looked when we last saw him? No thanks. Even if I thought he had anything left ( which I don’t ), I want no part of that mess. People are NEVER going to forgive what they saw in the hotel camera video. Nor should they. Wouldn’t touch him with a 50 foot pole.

    Steven Jackson? C’mon, can we stop bringing his name up? He’s done. Last year this time? As desperate as we were? I would have said why not? This year? No. He’s done. Really. If he weren’t, he would have been playing for SOMEONE by now. It ain’t like all 32 NFL teams are 3-4 deep with good RB’s. They’re not. If Jackson had anything left in the tank, he’d be on someone’s roster. He’s not and that should tell you all you need to know.

    My X-Mas wish is now to see CJ play one more game this year. Just ONE more game. Because we know what game that will be!

    With CJ out and Ellington presently un-certain, I would think this might be a good time to get the TE’s a little more involved. Quick releases off the line for short gains to keep down-and distance manageable and to maybe help back off the bltzes that may become more frequent if opposing teams believe they can get to Palmer more easily with CJ out of the picture….just sayin. I know we can’t suddenly revise the whole offense but with Gresham / Fells / Niklas, we have the guys who can make these plays.

  27. By John The Draft Guy on Dec 1, 2015 | Reply


    I don’t believe that is a fair assessment of Rice. The 2013 Ravens were a mess on offense. Flacco threw more ints than TDs (19 to 22). The O-line was a mess with our AQ Shipley as a starter. They basically had 1 receiver.
    the offensive cordinator was fired at the end of the season.

    Meanwhile, Rice was coming off a 2012 , putting up 1100 yards and 60 + catches and 10 TDs. Sure 2013 was a down year, but it was for the team. He was only in year 6 and was 26 years old. I really have to disagree with him being on the decline.

    Lots of people said CJ was on the decline after his off year with the Jets. Obviously, he was not done.

    Now I will accept the argument that he has been out of football too long. His year and a half out is tough to recover. But, he is still under 30. Baggage, sure. That video was brutal. But the pictures of Greg Hardy hasn’t stopped him.

    Im just saying, I think downplaying the loss of CJ is a mistake. The play action pass is a staple of this offense. The threat of CJ kept defenses honest. I think his loss will be felt.

    We will see if I am right on Sunday. As for Rice, no way of knowing. I will agree with Dan that the play call and design was one of the dumbest things I saw. (and you know I am a huge supporter of BAs plays). Finally, of course Rice is no AP. I wouldn’t offer a number one for Rice like I was suggesting for AP in the draft.

  28. By Scott H on Dec 2, 2015 | Reply

    JTDG –
    I hear you and some of your points are valid. But the obvious difference between where we are this year ( with RB injuries starting to creep in ) and where we were last year is that Palmer is healthy, he has a full arsenal of weapons at his disposal, and the offense is clearly designed to be an aerial assault first and foremost.

    The running game has to be there and has to be adequate – which I believe it will be. It’s not like CJ has been pushing 100 yards and getting multiple scores every week. We’ve been living on the arm of Carson Palmer and as long as he is healthy, that ain’t gonna change. Heck, against San Fran, we lived on the LEGS of Carson Palmer!

    Yes, the presence of CJ was helpful. But I’m not expecting to see the offense collapse without him.

    BUT….all that I say here is based on believing that Ellington will be back in the picture sooner than later. I agree, if he is out for any significant period, it is a big blow.

    As for Rice….you can’t possibly think this organization is going to invite that public relations disaster into their house at this point. I don’t think there’s any way that is going to happen. And as for making comparisons to Peterson, right or wrong, ridiculous or no, the fact remains that what Rice did was caught on tape and the whole world has seen it. And it was horrific. We didn’t actually SEE what Peterson did. And I think that helps people move on. Is that right? Maybe not. But I think it is a reality.

    The likelihood that Rice is probably nowhere near football shape right now just fortifies the reasons to stay away from him. For me, anyway.

  29. By Kevin S Mesa on Dec 2, 2015 | Reply

    One man’s opinion… If David Johnson can avoid fumbling, which seems to be an issue with him in his limited time so far — we’ll be fine.

  30. By Kevin S Mesa on Dec 2, 2015 | Reply

    JTDG —

    I don’t know if Ray Rice could play at a decent level, but I don’t care. I don’t care if he’d run like Jim Brown. I don’t want him on this team. I don’t want Greg Hardy on the team. As soon as I heard about Jonathan Dwyer, I no longer wanted him on the team.

    Tyrann Mathieu’s issues never really bothered me that much (while not a user myself, I’ve always had a pretty libertarian view of the drug issue), except in the sense that I was concerned that if he couldn’t lay off the stuff, he’d get suspended, not because I actually think it’s so horrible for society. Rice, Hardy, Dwyer… that’s bad for society.

  31. By BIGAL on Dec 2, 2015 | Reply

    Have to say John, I have always valued your input on here since I joined in about 3-4 years ago…You must have been a lawyer in your time as Scott H & some others stated you do make some valid accurate points! Upon looking up some Ray Rice history I have to admit I was surprised to find out that Rice will only be 28 come Jan…& many of your points panned out too!…so kudos! However, here is my argument that I believe no one has stated…regarding bringing in any RB who has not been in BA’s system. At week 13 does anyone really think any RB could just come in & learn BA’s system??? And by that statement what I really mean is the protection packages to protect our QB!!! Now some will say, “well CJ2K learned quick”…but think back to training camp when he was 1st brought in.
    I believe if I remember correctly? (Darren do you have facts & perhaps dates?)
    At this time the team was working on trying to get everyone on the same page in this, oh yeah, “complex offense” therefore, offensively speaking, much of the time was devoted to the learning/polishing if that term can be used here…All of which, along w/his years of experience…helped bring CJ2K up to speed quickly! Perhaps some serious self motivation can be added in along w/unlike now back in camp it wasn’t about weekly game planning like it is now! Time available is the issue bringing in somebody unfamiliar w/this offense! That is why we were lucky to keep KW & Robert Hughes on PS. I’m gonna say I would therefore not have a problem if they brought in Jonathan Dwyer? Not sure where his life has taken him the last year & a half though, so that could easily be a wash also?

  32. By Scott H on Dec 2, 2015 | Reply

    Kevin –

    I was going to mention Hardy and the travesty that his being on a football field anywhere right now truly is. My lord, what a mess. And who could have guessed that it would be the friggin Cowboys that signed him?? Gee…I never would have guessed. Jerry Jones has proven once and for all what a despicable human being he is. Up until recently, I had always admired his apparent desire to win. But THIS? HARDY?? No. For Jones to have signed this criminal and THEN had the gall to proclaim him one of their leaders….this is selling out to the devil. Period. And when you get into bed with the devil, you deserve to be scorched by the flames. The season they are having this year? That is called the universe answering you. It is truly wonderful when bad people get what they deserve.

    AND, frankly, is Hardy even looking like he is worth the trouble these days?? No, he hasn’t. When I watched the Cowboys-Panthers game on Thanksgiving, I saw a player who looked detached from his teammates and coaches and just had no interest in playing. Any decent human being of an owner would have cut him the next day. But Jerry Jones is just so far removed from being a decent human being at this point….forget it. It is also clear he is very far removed from being a decent NFL owner as well.

    Despite all the efforts the NFL has made to change their image and to do the “right thing” in regard to the whole domestic violence issue….they will continue to be totally under-mined as long as they allow despicable people like Jerry Jones to own their teams. Talk about mixed messages.

  33. By John The Draft Guy on Dec 3, 2015 | Reply


    Ray Rice;

    Good arguments everyone.

    At this time of year, there isn’t much to pick from. It was like last year, when people said bench Lindley. But in order to bench him, you must have someone to replace him with and Tom Brady is not at home waiting for a call.

    Much can be argued about in this situation. There are no good backs sitting home. At best, you have to bring guys in and see if it works. I think CJ was a big blow. BA is a very good coach and maybe he can figure out how to cover the loss. Maybe David Johnson figures it out. Who knows.

    To me, finding a proven guy would be better. Is a Ray Rice, who has been out of football for a 1 1/2 , better. Most likely not. But I would explore the possibility.

    I will say this though, at what point can someone stop being the villian? Do you live with something you did all your life, or can you make changes and become a better person? Maybe Ray Rice will always be a bad guy. His actions were horiffic. As a father of two girls, violence against women must stop. But I also believe in redemption. I don’t know the guy, but I hope he has made the changes in his life that will make him a valuable member of society.

  34. By Darren Urban on Dec 3, 2015 | Reply

    JTDG —

    RE: Rice

    That’s why I think your assessment of his play is faulty. Hardy has proven you get another chance if you can play. If you cannot, it’s not worth the hassle. Ray Rice isn’t getting another chance in the NFL because, frankly, he’s not worth the hassle.

  35. By John The Draft Guy on Dec 3, 2015 | Reply


    hard to argue with you since he is not in the league. But I would say, a video is strong stuff to overcome.

    I mean, if a video came out with the DWash abuse situation, and we saw a big football player choking a woman , would any of use want him back? But you are asked weekly about the guy. the brutality of the situation is lost without the video.

    I think that is what did him in.

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