Chris Johnson was nervous during the Arizona Cardinals’ Red and White practice on Saturday about getting tackled for the first time since fracturing his tibia in Week 12 last season.
He was, in particular, concerned how his knee would hold up, but once he took his first hit, those nerves disappeared.
“Once I got hit the first time, it was like, ‘OK, it feels normal,’” Johnson said.
The 30-year-old running back had 814 yards before his injury, which was fourth most in the NFL through the first 12 weeks. Getting reacquainted to hits was another step for Johnson in his return back from the first major injury of his career, which ended his season. When Johnson went down, David Johnson took over and is expected to get a majority of carries with Chris Johnson backing him up. Chris Johnson could be a serviceable fantasy player if David Johnson ever goes down with an injury.