clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Chris Johnson injury: Arizona Cardinals RB reportedly out with leg fracture

New, comments

The Arizona running game takes a hit.

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals offense has reportedly suffered a big hit. After veteran running back Chris Johnson left the game on Sunday with an apparent knee injury, it is now reported as being worse. FOX Sports reporter Jay Glazer, who also knows Johnson on a personal level is reporting Arizona's leading rusher has suffered a fractured tibia and will be out for a significant amount of time.

What is yet undetermined is whether he can recover in time to play this season. With five games left in the season and the postseason following, placing him on injured reserve isn't necessarily a sure thing.

Johnson has 814 yards this season on 196 carries, averaging 4.2 yards per carry. He rushed for over 100 yards in four games this season and was on pace for nearly 1200 yards.

Head coach Bruce Arians told the media Monday afternoon Johnson had suffered a knee bruise. The team has not yet responded to the report.

Andre Ellington would take over as the starter and lead back, but he also is hurt, suffering turf toe and might miss time. That leave rookie David Johnson and Stepfan Taylor as the only two healthy backs on the roster. The team also has Kerwynn Williams and Robert Hughes on the practice squad.