The Arizona Cardinals will be without running back Chris Johnson and safety Tyvon Branch for at least eight weeks as both players were placed on injured reserve on Tuesday.
NFL rules allow for one player to be eligible to return to the active roster eight weeks after his injured reserve designation, so one of the two could return in early December while the other will miss the rest of the season.
Johnson and Branch are both dealing with groin injuries suffered during Sunday's 17-13 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
Both players are having sports hernia surgery according to reports. Andre Ellington and Stepfan Taylor are the other two backs on the Cards roster and Ellington has had his share of injuries in his career. The team, on Tuesday, re-signed running back Kerwynn Williams, who was released before the season began.
ARI RB Stepfan Taylor - Week 14, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 14 vs. Minnesota
Stepfan Taylor had five carries for 20 yards last week in change-of-pace work as the Cardinals dominated the Rams. Once the game got out of hand, Kerwynn Williams got some looks in the running game, but Taylor should be the primary backup to rookie David Johnson while Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington are out with injuries. This week, expect Taylor to get another half dozen touches in a supporting role, but with David Johnson set for another full workload, Taylor has limited upside and should remain on the waiver wire in most fantasy leagues.