By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On January 1, 2017 at 7:03 pm EST
The Arizona Cardinals got some good news on New Year’s Day. When star running back David Johnson went out, the team initially thought it would be a torn ACL.
If he had suffered a torn ACL, it would have likely cost him the 2017 season as well. But thankfully, Johnson only suffered a meniscus injury.
Johnson is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, his ACL is intact.
If it is a several week or several month injury, he’ll have the off-season to recover. The Cardinals will not make the playoffs in 2016.
According to WebMD.com, a torn meniscus is a common knee injury. “The meniscus is a rubbery, C-shaped disc that cushions your knee. Each knee has two menisci — one at the outer edge of the knee and one at the inner edge. The menisci keep your knee steady by balancing your weight across the knee. A torn meniscus can preview your knee from working right.”
There are three types of meniscus tears. A minor tear will normally go away in 2-to-3 weeks. A moderate tear can cause pains at the sides or the center of your knee but could go away in one-to-two weeks, but could come back.
A severe tear — which the Cardinals hope that Johnson doesn’t have — pieces of the torn meniscus can move into the joint space. This would require a longer recovery time.
The Cardinals are leading 30-6 over the Los Angeles Rams. Prior to his injury, he had five carries for six yards. He also had three receptions for 38 yards.
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