NFL notebook: Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson exits with injury

By The Sports Xchange
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson exited Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions with a wrist injury. Photo by Art Foxall/UPI
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson exited Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions with a wrist injury. Photo by Art Foxall/UPI | License Photo

Arizona Cardinals star running back David Johnson sustained a wrist injury during the third quarter against the Detroit Lions on Sunday and did not return.

X-rays were negative, and he will have an MRI on Monday.


Johnson was injured while making a 24-yard reception earlier in the quarter. Johnson returned on Arizona's next possession, but fumbled on his next carry, which Detroit recovered and later cashed in for a touchdown.

Johnson scored 20 touchdowns and gained over 2,000 combined yards rushing and receiving last season.

--Journeyman quarterback Josh McCown not only won the New York Jets' starting job, but has a chance to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars in bonus money.

The 38-year-old McCown earned $125,000 for starting Sunday's season opener game in Buffalo and will earn $125,000 for every other game he starts this season, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.


The per-game bonuses are on top of McCown's $6 million fully guaranteed base salary.

--The Houston Texans honored the heroes from Hurricane Harvey in the pregame ceremony for the season opener at NRG Stadium.

The Texans played the Jacksonville Jaguars in their first game since the hurricane left unprecedented flooding in its wake with more than 50 inches in some spots in the Houston area.

The bond between Houston and the Texans will be on display all season with players wearing a "Houston Strong" helmet decal.

During the pregame ceremony, a moment of silence was held for those who lost their lives during the storm.

--Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson sustained a left knee injury on the third play from scrimmage against the Houston Texans and did not return.

Robinson caught a 17-yard pass from quarterback Blake Bortles to provide the Jaguars with their initial first down of the game. But Robinson failed to make it to the visiting sideline after crumpling to the turf.

Robinson led the Jaguars in receptions (73), receiving yards (883) and receiving touchdowns (six) last season.


--Philadelphia Eagles starting cornerback Ronald Darby left Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter with a right ankle injury.

Darby, who was acquired from the Buffalo Bills in August, was covering tight end Jordan Reed and running across the field when he went down awkwardly near the Philadelphia sideline.

--Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree was declared inactive with a shoulder injury for the season opener in Cleveland against the Browns.

Dupree hurt his shoulder during the week and did not go through a full practice. Anthony Chickillo start in his place.

--Green Bay Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga was inactive with an ankle injury for the season opener against the Seattle Seahawks.

Bulaga, who returned to practice last week after hurting his ankle in August, was listed on Friday's injury report as questionable.

--Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane was ejected and Aaron Rodgers' interception-free streak was broken on one play during the first quarter of Sunday's game at Green Bay.


Rodgers threw a screen pass that went right into the hands of defensive lineman Nazair Jones. Jones returned it for a touchdown, but there were two flags: one for an illegal block in the back against defensive end Cliff Avril on Rodgers and one for Lane getting into a scuffle with Packers receiver Davante Adams.

Rodgers entered the game with a streak of 245 consecutive regular-season passes without an interception. That streak ended at 251. Bart Starr owns the franchise record with 294 passes in 1964.

--San Francisco 49ers rookie linebacker Reuben Foster was carted off the field after sustaining an ankle injury with 3:33 left in the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers.

The 49ers initially thought Foster had a broken leg, but X-rays came back negative.

Foster, who is a first-round draft pick from Alabama, started at outside linebacker in his NFL debut.

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