Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson's 'earliest' return date is Thanksgiving

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the “earliest” Johnson is expected to return is Thanksgiving.

On Wednesday afternoon, Cardinals running back David Johnson said there is no timetable for his return from a dislocated wrist.

But on SiriusXM NFL Radio Wednesday night, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the “earliest” Johnson is expected to return is Thanksgiving. The Cardinals play at Houston on Nov. 19, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, and at home against the Jaguars the following week.

Johnson suffered the dislocated wrist in the season opener and was placed on injured reserve. That requires him to sit out six weeks before beginning practice for two weeks. The earliest he could play in a game is Nov. 9 against the Seahawks but that seems unlikely.

“Rehab’s going great,” Johnson said on Wednesday. “Just got my cast. Feeling good.”

And as for the timetable?

“No timetable. Wait and see how it goes. Just see what happens.”

 

 

 

arizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 1 Arizona Cardinals long snapper Justin Drescher (49) waits for a play during practice at the team's training facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 11, 2017.  Michael Chow/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 2 Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson talks with running backs coach Freddie Kitchens during practice at the team's training facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 11, 2017.  Michael Chow/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 3 Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians watches Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (23) walk to practice at the team's training facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 11, 2017.  Michael Chow/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 4 Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) and wide receiver J.J. Nelson (14) waits for a punt during special teams practice at the team's training facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 11, 2017.  Michael Chow/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 5 Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians watches special teams practice at the team's training facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 11, 2017.  Michael Chow/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 6 Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) walks out to practice at the team's training facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 11, 2017.  Michael Chow/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 7 Arizona Cardinals running back Kerwynn Williams (33) fields a punt during practice at the team's training facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 11, 2017.  Michael Chow/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 8 Cardinals John Brown (12) talks with teammates during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 9 Cardinals John Brown (12) catches passes during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 10 Cardinals John Brown (12) catches passes during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 11 Cardinals Phil Dawson (4) kicks field goals during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 12 Cardinals Carlos Dansby (56) runs during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 13 Cardinals Chandler Jones (55) jokes with teammates during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 14 Cardinals Tramon Williams (25) wears his hood up at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 15 Cardinals Tyvon Branch (27) jokes with teammates on the sidelines at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 16 Cardinals Antoine Bethea (41) puts his helmet on during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 17 Cardinals Brandon Williams (26) walks back to the sidelines during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 18 Cardinals special teams runs on a kickoff during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 19 Cardinals Phil Dawson (4) kicks off during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 20 Cardinals Chanlder Jones (55) peaks as he covers his eyes while catching footballs on the sidelines at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 21 Cardinals Chandler Jones (55) throws a football to teammates on the sidelines during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 22 Cardinals Chandler Jones (55) throws a football to teammates on the sidelines during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 23 Cardinals Patrick Peterson warms up on the sidelines during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 24 Cardinals Patrick Peterson warms up on the sidelines during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 25 Cardinals Kerwynn Williams (33) runs back a kickoff during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 26 Cardinals Kerwynn Williams (33) runs back a kickoff during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 27 Cardinals Kerwynn Williams (33) runs back a kickoff during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 28 Cardinals Brittan Golden (10) runs back a kickoff during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 29 Cardinals Deone Bucannon (20) looks on from the sidelines during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 30 Cardinals Patrick Peterson warms up on the sidelines during practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 31 Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald (11) and Carson Palmer (3) take to the dome for practice at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz. on October 5, 2017.  Patrick Breen/The Republicarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 32 Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer,left, talks with quarterback Drew Stanton during practice in the bubble at the training facility in Tempe, Friday, September 29, 2017.  Tom Tingle/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 33 Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton catches a ball during practice in the bubble at the training facility in Tempe, Friday, September 29, 2017.  Tom Tingle/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 34 Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton, right, throws the ball to quarterback Blaine Gabbert, left, during practice in the bubble at the training facility in Tempe, Friday, September 29, 2017.  Tom Tingle/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 35 Arizona Cardinals offensive linemen D.J. Humphries, left, (74) and Will Holden, (69) collide during practice as Jared Veldheer, (68) upper left, and Vinston Painter, (78) upper right, watch in the bubble at the training facility in Tempe, Friday, September 29, 2017.  Tom Tingle/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 36 Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians watches practice from the end zone in the bubble at the training facility in Tempe, Friday, September 29, 2017.  Tom Tingle/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 37 Arizona Cardinals offensive linemen Will Holden, (69), left, and D.J. Humphries, (74) prepare to collide during practice as Vinston Painter, (78) upper left, and Jared Veldheer, (68) upper right, watch in the bubble at the training facility in Tempe, Friday, September 29, 2017.  Tom Tingle/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 38 Arizona Cardinals offensive linemen Will Holden, (69), third from left, and D.J. Humphries, (74) right, collide during practice as Vinston Painter, (78) upper left, and Jared Veldheer, (68) second from left, watch in the bubble at the training facility in Tempe, Friday, September 29, 2017.  Tom Tingle/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 39 Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, left, and offensive lineman D.J. Humphries, (74) right, talk in the endzone of the bubble during practice at the training facility in Tempe, Friday, September 29, 2017.  Tom Tingle/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 40 Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, left, and offensive lineman D.J. Humphries, (74) right, talk in the endzone of the bubble during practice at the training facility in Tempe, Friday, September 29, 2017.  Tom Tingle/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 41 Arizona Cardinals linebacker Deone Bucannon walks the sidelines in the bubble during practice at the training facility in Tempe, Friday, September 29, 2017.  Tom Tingle/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 42 Arizona Cardinals linebackers Deone Bucannon, left and Karlos Dansby wait on the sidelines in the bubble during practice at the training facility in Tempe, Friday, September 29, 2017.  Tom Tingle/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 43 Arizona Cardinals running back Kerwynn Williams runs back a punt in the bubble during practice at the training facility in Tempe, Friday, September 29, 2017.  Tom Tingle/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 44 Arizona Cardinals running back Kerwynn Williams runs back a punt in the bubble during practice at the training facility in Tempe, Friday, September 29, 2017.  Tom Tingle/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 45 Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman D.J. Humphries, (74) , left, comes in to practice in the bubble at the training facility in Tempe, Friday, September 29, 2017.  Tom Tingle/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 46 Arizona Cardinals special teams coordinator Amos Jones speaks with Ifeanyi Momah, 80, left, Rudy Ford, 30, and Bryson Albright, 54, right, practice at the Tempe training facility, Wednesday, September 27, 2017.  Tom Tingle/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 47 Arizona Cardinals offensive line, including, from left, Vinston Painter, 78, Will Holden, 69, Dorian Johnson, 64, John Wetzel, 73, A.Q. Shipley, 53, and D.J. Humphries, 74, practice at the Tempe training facility, Wednesday, September 27, 2017.  Tom Tingle/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 48 Arizona Cardinals offensive linemen, including, from left, Jared Veldheer, 68, Evan Boehm, 70, and Mike Iupati, 76, wait their turn practice at the Tempe training facility, Wednesday, September 27, 2017.  Tom Tingle/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 49 Arizona Cardinals offensive line, including Will Holden, 69, D.J. Humphries, 74, and John Wetzel, 73, practice at the Tempe training facility, Wednesday, September 27, 2017. Assistant offensive line coach Larry Zierlein, observes.  Tom Tingle/azcentral sportsarizona-cardinals-running-back-david-johnsons-earliest-return-date-is-thanksgiving photo 50 Arizona Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson speaks with assistant special teams and tight ends coach Steve Heiden during practice at the Tempe training facility, Wednesday, September 27, 2017.  Tom Tingle/azcent

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