Barely six months ago, free agent Chris Johnson was shot in the arm and was doubtful on NFL lines to find his way back to fitness in time for the new season. On Tuesday, he was not only in full pads at practice, but he was doing so with a new team, the Arizona Cardinals, who offered the veteran running back a new deal on Monday worth a maximum value of $2 million.
Reportedly, there were concerns about whether Johnson would be a good value to the team, so the Cards invited him for a workout and physical on Sunday, and upon finding that he was fit enough to join the rest of the team in training, the two sides agreed to a deal.As an interesting note, the bullet from his incident remains lodged in his shoulder, though coach Bruce Arians and his medical team confirmed that there would be no lingering effects from the shooting.“There was nothing, except for a bullet in his trap,” said Coach Arian, referring to the trapezius muscle near the player’s shoulder blade.Johnson’s signing means the Cardinals now have a crowded group at the offensive backfield, including Andre Ellington, David Johnson, Stepfan Taylor, Kerwynn Williams, Robert Hughes, Marion Grice and Paul Lasike, who will all be fighting in the preseason for a chance in the team’s roster. Out of this group, the Cardinals will probably keep five running backs, with Ellington as the main starter, followed by the two Johnsons (David and the newly-added Chris), with the remaining slots getting filled by the other players.
Chris Johnson: I haven’t lost a step http://t.co/ExtiIvPZ6S— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 19, 2015