Cardinals RB David Johnson says no timeline for return, but he'll be 'determined'

David Johnson sat down with 12 News' Paul Gerke to talk about his health, how rehab has been going and when he might be back on the field.

Running back David Johnson injured his wrist during Week 1 of the NFL season. After having surgery, the Arizona Cardinals said recovery could take eight to 12 weeks for the runner.

This week, 12 News' Paul Gerke sat down with Johnson to catch up with him. Here's what we learned.

On his foundation...

Johnson is just getting started and plans to work with children’s hospitals to create what he calls a “Mission 31 Locker,” with technology for kids and families to use in their downtime.

On where he is mentally...

Johnson said he's working to be a vocal leader for the team, especially for some of the younger running backs.

On what he does with the extra time on his hands...

He's been spending time with his wife and son. He calls the extra time "a blessing in disguise" because he's got to see all his son's milestones – like walking, crawling.

On whether it will be tough to go back...

It will be tough, but Johnson says his goal is to play for the Cardinals and do whatever he can to get back on the field.

On whether rehab is challenging...

Johnson said he's getting very antsy. It was especially hard not being able to work out or do any sort of exercise for a while. 

He has started working out.

Johnson said the toughest thing is not being on the field and not being able to help the team.

On one rehab exercise he hates...

His shoulders. Johnson said they aren’t the strongest…and his strength coach doesn’t pity him at all.

On what he misses the most...

Playing with his teammates, playing with his brothers.

On sharing the running back position with Adrian Peterson...

Johnson said it will be easy. Peterson is a guy he looked up to growing up in the Midwest. And he thinks their skill sets compliment each other.

On what kind of David Johnson will be back on the field...

A determined one. A player that’s going to want to do as much as he can. Johnson said he feels like he has so much to fulfill.

On how he contributes from the sidelines...

Johnson let's his teammates know what he sees on the football field. He gives them another set of eyes, especially for running backs.

On his timeframe for return...

His return still isn't set. Johnson said the wrist is tricky because of all the tiny bones. He's still in the cast right now so we’ll still have to see.

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