NFL Injury Analysis: Johnson Injury Alters Landscape
NFL Injury Analysis: Johnson Injury Alters Landscape

This article is part of our Injury Analysis series.

David Johnson

It didn't take long for an injury to alter the fantasy landscape as the consensus top overall pick is expected to miss two to three months with a wrist injury. Johnson was hurt in the third quarter of the Cardinals' loss to the Lions following a 24-yard reception. He continued to play but fumbled on the team's next possession before ultimately leaving the game.

Johnson will undergo surgery for what was diagnosed as a dislocated left wrist. Unfortunately, this description is a bit open-ended given the structural design of the wrist and hand. Just beyond the radius and ulna, the bones of the lower arm, sit eight tiny carpal bones. These bones form the wrist, as well as the carpal tunnel.

Each carpal bone has a unique shape that allows for it to move with precision while also serving as an anchor point for tendons. After the carpals, sit the five metacarpals of the hand. These bone bridge the area between the fingers and the wrist and also serve as attachment sites for muscle. A complex network of ligaments stabilizes the wrist, holding each bone in place.

Because Johnson's injury was described as a dislocation, we know some segment of the wrist was forced out of alignment. However, speculating on a recovery timeline or any associated long-term risk is nearly impossible without knowing the exact bone or bones involved.

The team compared Johnson's injury to that of teammate T.J. Logan, who dislocated his wrist in preseason and

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Jeff Stotts
Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.
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