Should Cardinals RB David Johnson have been playing in Week 17?
David Johnson was chasing records. In a season that officially soured a few weeks prior, the Arizona Cardinals made it clear they were chasing individual goals for their star running back.
It came with a cost.
Johnson suffered a knee injury with four minutes remaining in the first quarter of the season finale. Assuming Johnson does not return to the game against the Rams, he closes the year with 1,239 rushing yards and 16 rushing touchdowns along with 879 receiving yards and four more scores through the air.
In hindsight, trying to become the first player to record 16 games of 100-plus yards from scrimmage doesn’t seem worth the star running back injuring himself.
But was playing Johnson the right call?
Ok seriously do some fans think that David Johnson should have been held out of this game?
— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) January 1, 2017
While Cardinals fans nervously await a diagnosis to Johnson’s injury, the debate about whether he should have been playing at all was the main storyline during Week 17.
Still, when we asked readers on Twitter their thoughts, a solid majority said it was not incorrect to play Johnson in a relatively meaningless game between two teams that will miss the playoffs.
Here’s a collection of what our readers on Twitter said following Johnson’s injury.
Everyone will say yes now, but nobody was complaining when he won us the game last week
— Kevin Harris (@KHarris7) January 1, 2017
no, but it sucks. Hope no acl. @ProFootballDoc
— Jake (@AzSportsNFL) January 1, 2017
I'm sick at the moment, but I was all for him getting the records
— sherry (@Dbaxphan) January 1, 2017
agreed, that's the game… Unfortunately IT happens
— Steven Ramos (@Nevetstrebor84) January 1, 2017
No, he was having a record breaking year.
— Cindy Snider (@azcindy64) January 1, 2017
How many records was he going for…3? People would be burning BA at the stack if he held him out
— Ryan Pilgrim (@RhinoStealth) January 1, 2017
you gain nothing by playing him
— DJ Wit (@Cardsfan1121) January 1, 2017
no but you don't chase a record in the process.
— Damnit (@DamnitZero) January 1, 2017
@AZSports No. but I'd be cool with forfeiting every game against LA. It'd wind up a win on the personnel front, anyway.
— Page Gerrick Denny (@PDenny29) January 1, 2017
@AZSports no reason for starters to sit. Unless you have a rookies behind them that needs exp..
— Antonio Esquivel (@HoneyBucketHero) January 1, 2017
No. injuries could have happened on week 1.
Unfortunate yes, but can’t control when these happen
— Felipe (@SugarFreeChurro) January 1, 2017
if you go with that logic no starter should play once a team is eliminated from playoff contention.
— Paul C Castaneda (@PaulCCastaneda) January 1, 2017