Bruce Arians says Chris Johnson is “not promised anything”

By David Kenyon

Chris Johnson and the Arizona Cardinals recently agreed to a one-year deal, but the veteran running back has no guarantees other than a chance to earn a place on the 53-man roster.

According to Darren Urban of the team’s official site, head coach Bruce Arians said he promised nothing to Johnson or tight end Jermaine Greshman.

It’s a refreshing piece of honesty from Arians, because Johnson’s time in Arizona could be brief.

He might simply be a body for the preseason, because Andre Ellington and 2015 fourth-round pick David Johnson have both been sidelined due to injury this month. While CJ2K will provide additional competition in the race for the starting running back role, it’s unlikely he jumps either Ellington or the rookie and reaches the second-string role.

Nevertheless, it’s wonderful to see a team giving Johnson an opportunity. The 30-year-old sustained an injured shoulder following a drive-by shooting incident in March, but Arians said Johnson passed the physical without a problem, though the bullet remains “in his trap.”

Arizona’s next preseason game is on Saturday, Aug. 22, against the San Diego Chargers. If Johnson isn’t ready to appear in that outing, he’ll likely debut when the Cardinals battle the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, Aug. 30.

Johnson tallied career-low marks last season as a member of the New York Jets, finishing with 155 carries for 663 yards and one touchdown.