Fall 2021 SS Magazine

Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson says he's 'in God's hands' returning from injury

It’s been almost an entire year since David Johnson took the football field for an NFL game.

A 2016 sensation who warranted MVP consideration after racking up more than 2,000 yards from scrimmage for the Arizona Cardinals, the All-Pro running back lasted just one game in 2017. A dislocated wrist, suffered in the Cards’ season opener, sidelined Johnson for the rest of the year.

But now, with the 2018 campaign right around the corner and Arizona kicking off training camp, the Pro Bowler is back. As NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero said, Johnson reported to camp on Monday, making his first appearance of the offseason with the new-look Cardinals.

He did it with an acknowledgement of the faith that helped him through his recovery, too, announcing on Twitter that he’s “in God’s hands” on his way back to the field.

“I’m blessed, and I thank God for giving me this platform, for giving me the ability and the skill to play in this league,” Johnson said on the Sports Spectrum podcast in October. “I try not to get down on God. If it wasn’t for Him, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

A third-round draft pick of the Cardinals in 2015, Johnson exploded late in his rookie season with 581 yards and eight rushing touchdowns despite just five starts. His career year in 2016, when he totaled 20 scores and had 80 catches to go along with 1,200 yards on the ground, earned him first-team All-Pro honors.

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