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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 1:00 am


Johnsons come, go in Arizona

Associated Press

PHOENIX – The Arizona Cardinals placed All-Pro David Johnson on injured reserve and re-signed veteran running back Chris Johnson.

The team also signed ex-Arizona State running back D.J. Foster, who grew up in nearby Scottsdale, off the New England practice squad.

The Cardinals had released Chris Johnson in their final roster cuts this year.

ESPN reported Tuesday that David Johnson would undergo surgery on his dislocated left wrist and would be sidelined two to three months.

Although the Cardinals didn't say anything about the surgery, placing him on injured reserve would seem to confirm the report.

Coach Bruce Arians said Monday that Johnson's injury was the same as that of Arizona rookie T.J. Logan. The timetable for Logan's return was eight to 12 weeks.

Bears moves

Chicago placed inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman on injured reserve, another hit for a team coming off a three-win season. Freeman suffered a pectoral injury and concussion in a season-opening loss to Atlanta.

The Bears also placed receiver Kevin White on injured reserve for the third straight season because of a broken shoulder. Receiver Tanner Gentry and linebacker Jonathan Anderson were promoted from the practice squad.

Hall nominees

Star linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher and game-breaking wide receiver Randy Moss are among 11 first-year eligible players for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Also part of the 108 early nominees who are eligible for the first time, having been retired for five years when the class is chosen next February, are cornerback Ronde Barber, wideouts Donald Driver and Steve Smith (former Giant, Eagle and Ram), offensive linemen Steve Hutchinson, Matt Birk, and Jeff Saturday, and defensive linemen Richard Seymour and Kyle Vanden Bosch.

Extra points

Philadelphia signed kicker Jake Elliott off Cincinnati's practice squad and placed Caleb Sturgis on injured reserve. ... Buffalo added much-needed experienced depth at linebacker by signing free agent Jelani Jenkins. ... Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin says defensive end Stephon Tuitt (left biceps) could play this weekend against Minnesota.