David Johnson Absent From Minicamp, Not Related to InjuryJune 20, 2018 | insideinjuries | No Comments
Coming off an entire missed season due to injury, it’s no surprise David Johnson is looking for a long-term extension. He’s set to earn just $1.88 million in the final year of his contract, and has yet to participate in minicamp until things get worked out. While he did miss almost all of last season with a broken wrist, there isn’t too much injury concern here. Before the wrist fracture, Johnson proved himself as not only one of the best running backs in the league, but also one of the most durable.
There was a possibility that Johnson would return at the end of last season, but the Cardinals ultimately decided not to risk it. Johnson’s recovery hasn’t had any complications and he should be a full-go for training camp and Week 1. He is well past his 14 week Optimal Recovery Time and will start the season as a Low Injury Risk with a Peak Health Performance Factor. There is no reason at this point to shy away from selecting David Johnson in the first round of standard draft formats. He should continue to be one of the first running backs off the board, barring a setback. It’s worth noting that Johnson missed a few days of practice in June to an undisclosed issue, but that was likely more related to his contract than his wrist injury.