Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson was in contention for Comeback Player of the Year after his performances for the NFC West franchise this season, but now he is out for a minimum of six weeks.
The 30-year-old has been placed on the injured reserve/designated for return list by the Cardinals after he fractured his tibia during the third quarter of his team's win of 19-13 against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
Johnson wouldn't be eligible to return for a minimum of six weeks and won't be able to play in a game for eight, meaning the earliest he can return to the field would be in the Super Bowl as stated by ESPN's Adam Schefter on Twitter. That's if the Cardinals get that far in the postseason.
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The injury means the running back will miss out on a $2 million incentive that would have been activated if he had a 1,300-yard season and was selected to play in the Pro Bowl.
Johnson was well on his way to meeting this goal and his performances had helped the Cardinals, to a certain extent, stay at the top of the NFC West for the majority of this season with a 9-2 record. So far this season, the three-time Pro Bowler had rushed for 814 yards and scored three touchdowns from 196 carries.
The Cardinals have no need to worry in the running back position, however, as although fellow back Andre Ellington is also sidelined with a turf toe ailment, backup David Johnson should be able to pick up the pieces, and possibly upgrade the backfield for the remainder of the season.