David Johnson return in 2017 doubtful, per Bruce Arians

The Arizona Cardinals lost running back David Johnson to a dislocated wrist in Week 1, and it was believed and hoped he would be able to return late in the season, somewhere between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

However, as the calendar is about to turn to November, optimism is waning.

He might not even return to play at all in 2017.

Bruce Arians did not offer anything positive about the possibility of a return.

“You’d have to ask the doctors,” he said after practice Tuesday when asked if he anticipates Johnson or rookie running back T.J. Logan will be back sometime this season. “Right now, I doubt it.”

Johnson himself said there he expects to get his cast off in a couple of weeks and he wants to come back, but there is no timeline for him to get back on the field.

“There’s no change,” Arians said. “David’s still got a cast on. T.J.’s out of a cast, but he still has two weeks before his hand has strength in it.”

Based on that info, if Johnson were to get his cast off in two weeks, it might not be until December when he gets strength back.

Then there would be the question of whether he would use some sort of splint for his wrist.

While one doctor believed a Thanksgiving return seemed more than reasonable, any possible return seems at least a couple of weeks beyond that, and even then he might not be 100 percent.

With Adrian Peterson on the roster and more than capable to carry the load offensively, the team might simply be willing to let Johnson completely heal to 100 percent and avoid the headache of having to have Johnson and Peterson share carries, something Peterson has never been particularly good at.

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