David Johnson has all but officially been benched by the Arizona Cardinals, even though head coach Kliff Kingsbury said the team was in a "running back-by-committee" approach heading into Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers. Johnson was a non-factor in the team's 36-26 loss in Week 11, having no touches and playing just nine snaps.
"It's not as much as what he's not showed us," Kingsbury said about Johnson after the game. "KD (Kenyan Drake), like I said, played really well against them the first game if you remember so we wanted to get him going again in this game versus them."
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It's possible Johnson is hurt, although why wouldn't the team just admit that. Johnson also wasn't on the injury report, but the story said he's possibly still dealing with a bad back. The Cards have a bye in Week 12 and Johnson has now played just 41 snaps with six carries for four yards over the last three games. It's still worth holding Johnson, at least to see if this is injury-related. Edmonds is due back after the bye week, so it admittedly doesn't look good for Johnson and his owners right now.