Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson’s season has come to an end. The running back was placed on IR with a neck injury.
But looking ahead to 2018, head coach Bruce Arians seems to be committed to Peterson playing alongside David Johnson. In fact, he seems to think having both the veteran and the youngster will be good for Johnson.
Bruce Arians said "there's no doubt" Adrian Peterson could be on the Cardinals roster in 2018. He thinks there could be enough touches for AP and David Johnson. "David, he's learned his lesson. He doesn't need it every play."
— Kyle Odegard (@Kyle_Odegard) December 15, 2017
Peterson was traded to the Cardinals prior to Week 6 and has done a respectable job as the team’s workhorse. Johnson has been out since Week 1 when he suffered a wrist injury.
Though overall, the Cardinals run game was nothing like it was in Johnson’s breakout 2016 season. Currently, the Cardinals rushing offense ranks third-worst in the league.
As for Johnson, he is slated to make a healthy return in 2018. But with “healthy” being the key word, divvying up some of Johnson’s touches makes sense. This is not exactly what Johnsons’s owners in fantasy football keeper leagues want to hear. But, it is best for Johnson’s overall longevity.