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Cardinals’ Johnson seeing specialists for dislocated wrist, may need surgery

Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) walks off the field with medical staff for X-rays during an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)

Cardinals running back David Johnson will meet with specialists regarding his wrist injury that took him out of Arizona’s Week 1 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday, and their opinions will determine if he needs surgery, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Bruce Arians told reporters Monday that Johnson suffered a dislocated wrist that is “likely” to require surgery. The injury, which could land him on the injured reserve has the same prognosis as injured rookie running back T.J. Logan, Arians said.

Logan’s timeline was set at as many as 12 weeks for a return.

“You just got to pick up the pieces and go,” Arians told Bickley and Marotta on 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station. “David Johnson became David Johnson because somebody got hurt. It’s an opportunity for Kerwynn (Williams) — and Andre Ellington looked fast again — to come back and pick up the pace.

“We’ll see what options there are available to us off the roster, but those two guys are more than capable of having big games.”

Schefter added Monday that Johnson will make a decision on how to handle his injury in the next day or two.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport added a re-signing of veteran Chris Johnson could be a potential addition to the running back room. Arians also said Johnson is an option.

Reports after the Cardinals’ 35-23 loss indicated a wide range of timelines following Johnson’s injury, which was reported to be a sprained wrist. Rapoport reported there was no break, but Chris Mortensen added that a team source believed Johnson could miss “a few weeks” to “half the season or more.”

Johnson rushed for 23 yards on 11 carries and added six receptions for 68 yards before he left the game late in the third quarter.

The third-year back was injured on a play that led to a lost fumble.

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