Cardinals rule David Johnson, Carson Palmer out for rest of season

If you’re a fantasy football owner who’s been stashing Cardinals running back David Johnson on your bench in hopes he’ll be back for the fantasy playoffs, it’s time to let that dream go.

That’s because Cardinals coach Bruce Arians announced Wednesday that none of the team’s players on the injured reserved list will return this year.

Quarterback Carson Palmer is also on IR, and to some NFL observers, Arians’ announcement indicates the 4-6 Cardinals have given up on the season.

That is a surprise. No David Johnson, no Carson Palmer. Their season sounds like it’s over. https://t.co/u0nIQRlKOg

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 22, 2017

Johnson, the consensus No. 1 pick in fantasy drafts this year, suffered a serious wrist injury in Week 1. There’s been an inkling of hope that he would return toward the end of this month, but with Arians’ revelation today, not so much.

So with no Johnson and no Andre Ellington – Ellington was released by the Cardinals earlier this week and picked up by the Texans – Adrian Peterson figures to continue getting the bulk of carries, with third-down duties going to D.J. Foster, a second-year player out of Arizona State.