David Johnson to undergo wrist surgery, be placed on IR

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There were several significant injuries around the National Football League in Week 1, but none as staggering as the dislocated wrist suffered by Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson in Sunday's 35-23 loss to the Detroit Lions.

Johnson suffered a wrist injury Sunday in the season opener against Detroit that needs surgery, as first reported by ESPN.

Without Johnson, the Cardinals could turn to Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington in the backfield while also considering signing a free agent running back.

"Sources: Cardinals RB David Johnson (wrist) is expected to miss an extended period of time", NFL Network's Ian Rapoport wrote. He must spend at least eight weeks on IR, which at the earliest would allow a return to the field November 7. Chris Johnson was released in the Cardinals' final roster cuts.

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Before getting injured Sunday, Johnson was on his way to having a nice game.

Head coach Bruce Arians said Monday that Johnson would "be an option".

The Cardinals reportedly signed Arizona State product D.J. Foster off the New England Patriots practice squad to help address the need at running back. "We've got quality guys on our team and it's an opportunity for somebody to step up".

Johnson was limited to 23 yards rushing on 11 carries, and had six receptions for 68 yards.

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In the loss against the Lions, Williams carried the ball five times for 10 yards and a touchdown.

Before 2015, Johnson had never missed a game because of an injury.

There's no replacing what David Johnson did in 2016, as the engine of the Cardinals' offense and the catalyst of deep playoff runs for his fantasy owners.

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