Cards GM Steve Keim emphasized Monday: That other available IR-to-return spot very well could go unused.
“You have to have someone healthy enough to return,” Keim said during an appearance on the “Doug and Wolf” show on Arizona Sports 98.7. “At this point, I don’t see any guys coming back for sure.”
But what about David Johnson? Is keeping the star running back, coming back from a bad wrist, more about saving him for 2018? Keim said no.
“He gets paid to play football,” Keim said, adding that if Johnson was healthy and was cleared by the doctors, he should return to the field. “But if there are any gray areas, I don’t know why you’d want to risk it.”
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Johnson has been working on conditioning, but hasn’t returned to practice — obviously, since the clock would start in that case, the story pointed out. He's obviously a player owners have been eyeing up saving a roster spot for this season in hopes of a return during the fantasy playoffs. Keim didn't definitely close the door here, but it sure seems like Johnson returning this year is unlikely.