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David Johnson has zero touches against 49ers

Cardinals running back David Johnson continues to see very little playing time despite being active against the 49ers in Week 11.

Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson runs against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Last week David Johnson had five carries for two yards against the Buccaneers. After the game, his coach, Kliff Kingsbury said that Johnson was “obviously” impacted by his recent back and ankle injuries. This week, Johnson wasn’t on the injury report once during the week and was active against the 49ers.

So far, Johnson has barely seen the field and has no touches. It would seem that the Cardinals would want someone they trust enough to touch the ball to backup Kenyan Drake, who is the lead back this week.

Before their game, it was reported by Ian Rapoport and others that Kenyan Drake would take the lead role but that Johnson was still going to see work. It doesn’t look like Johnson will see any work and if so, it will be one or two touches at the most. If he is active and Drake is that much ahead of him, the Cardinals have a problem. Johnson has over $10 million guaranteed in his contract. Running back contracts are going to continue to shrink in the modern NFL.

For fantasy, Johnson looks done if he is active and not getting the ball, even in a committee. Once Chase Edmonds returns, he could even take over as the lead back with Drake as his backup. Right now, it is difficult to trust Johnson moving forward.