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Johnson suffered a meniscus injury on New Year’s Day

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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.

David Johnson (Getty Images)

David Johnson (Getty Images)

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, 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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