Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington was enjoying a solid 2015 debut before exiting with a knee injury. Ellington was carter off the field after spraining his knee, an injury later reported to be a PCL injury. The injury does not appear likely to keep Ellington out for the entire season, while some reports suggest he may not miss any time at all.
Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer seemed to be relieved after learning Ellington’s injury was of the sprain variety, suggesting it could be a “day to day thing”. That sounds more like hope than a definitive statement, however. With the depth the Cardinals have at hand at running back, it’s likely they give Ellington the time off he needs to get back to 100%. It’s a disappointing development, as Ellington was the clear cut starter before going down with the injury, as he rushed for 69 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.
For as long as Ellington is sidelined, both Chris Johnson and rookie David Johnson will share the workload. Head coach Bruce Arians already threw support behind Johnson as the “lead dog” for however long Elling is out. Johnson wasn’t bad in an expanded role on Sunday, either, as he put up 37 yards on 10 carries. David Johnson was the one to provide the biggest spark, however, as he took his lone touch of the game 55 yards for a score it ice a 31-19 win over the New Orleans Saints.
David Johnson is probably the higher upside flier with a long-term view in place, but Chris Johnson will be the early down back and is probably in for the majority of the work. Again, Ellington may not miss much time, but as long as he’s out both of these guys should carry some value. Chris Johnson may be an especially interesting daily fantasy football play in week two, as he’s cheaper than David Johnson and the Cards face a weak Bears defense.