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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals free safety Rashad Johnson, right, intercepts a pass intended for St. Louis Rams wide receiver Kenny Britt during the first quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Besides, as Johnson said, he was close to being back last week against Green Bay.“Very, very close,” he said. “I just felt the caliber of player that Aaron Rodgers and what he could do with the ball, I didn’t want to be a detriment to my team.“It’s bigger than Rashad; it’s all about the Cardinals. So that was a decision that I made, I had to step back and humble myself and know that I wasn’t able to get the job done.”He’s ready nowAccompanying David Johnson’s rise to the top of the running back depth chart as well as the minds of many NFL fans and analysts has been the question of why he wasn’t given this kind of a role from the start.In Arizona’s first 11 games, the rookie carried the ball 35 times for 139 yards and four touchdowns while catching 19 passes for 241 yards and three scores.In Arizona’s last four games — all of which Johnson started — he carried the ball 79 times for 417 yards and four touchdowns and caught 14 passes for 182 yards and one score.While some people may wonder why the third-round pick from Northern Iowa did not see this kind of a workload earlier in the year, the player himself does not. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “But they don’t give you four years anymore; you’re lucky if they give you four months. You better have your system ready to roll.” Comments   Share   center_img Johnson, who did not practice Wednesday or Thursday, said he was able to get some work in Friday and that the ankle felt “really good.”“Looking good to be able to go Sunday,” he said. “Excited about getting back out there and whatever rust, if there is any, just to work it off and be ready to go this Sunday and get some down time to be ready for the divisional round.”The seventh-year pro who is tied for the team lead in interceptions with five and is viewed as one of the leaders in the secondary said he would like to get some game action to help prepare him for the postseason. If he doesn’t play, he noted it would essentially be five weeks off between live NFL action for him.And while he said that probably wouldn’t be an issue because he is mature and old enough to understand how to prepare for a playoff game if he is out of the action for that kind of time, he “would love to get some work and just let your body feel the hits and get the rust off.”Arians said Friday Johnson was one of a few players who was limping around during practice but was able to make it through, which likely means he will be able to give it a go Sunday. TEMPE, Ariz. — When the Arizona Cardinals take the field Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, we know they will be without the services of defensive lineman Josh Mauro and linebacker Markus Golden.Head coach Bruce Arians announced Friday afternoon that neither player will be able to go, adding there are some others who will be game-time decisions.One of the players in that group figures to be safety Rashad Johnson, who missed the last two games with an ankle injury and is hoping to finally get back on the field. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “What B.A. did was a really smart move,” he said of being brought along slowly. “By now, especially getting comfortable with the team, getting comfortable with the offense, by now it’s definitely helped out a lot.”It has helped so much that Johnson, while not the favorite, is being talked about as a potential Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate.Johnson. who is seventh in the NFL in all-purpose yards and is tied for third in the league with 13 touchdowns, said he does not think about the possibility of earning the award because, especially now as a starter, he has to make sure his focus is on each game.But, he did say he hopes he has made a strong case to be considered.It’s a tough businessArians was asked about a comment Bill Belichick made in response to the Philadelphia Eagles firing Chip Kelly after just shy of three seasons with the team. The Patriots’ coach was quoted as saying it usually takes a coach four years to really get their program implemented.If that’s the case, what can be expected from the Cardinals next year, Arians’ fourth with the team?“I’ll worry about next year next year — it’s going to be a whole different football team,” he said, “and we’ve got a lot of football to play this year. Top Stories last_img

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