Johnson done for season unless Cardinals advance to Super Bowl
The Arizona Cardinals will have to reach the Super Bowl for running back Chris Johnson to play again this season.
The Cardinals placed Johnson on the injured-reserve/designated for return list Tuesday, meaning the veteran running back must sit out a minimum of eight weeks. He will be eligible to practice after six weeks.
#AZCardinals put RB Chris Johnson on IR/Return with chip fracture on tibia. If he plays again this season, it would be in the Super Bowl.Article continues below ...
— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) December 1, 2015
Johnson suffered a fractured tibia in Sunday’s 19-13 victory at the San Francisco 49ers, an injury first reported by Jay Glazer of FOX Sports 1.
The league’s fourth-leading rusher with 814 yards, Johnson was hurt in the third quarter Sunday. The injury was diagnosed as a chip fracture near the top of the tibia close to the knee.
With backup running back Andre Ellington dealing with a turf-toe injury also sustained in Sunday’s matchup, rookie David Johnson is expected to get the start in this weekend’s game at the St. Louis Rams.
Arizona (9-2), which holds a three-game lead over Seattle atop the NFC West Division, also promoted running back Kerwynn Williams from the practice squad Tuesday.