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David Johnson doesn’t need knee surgery, but he will miss the Pro Bowl

The dynamic running back was carted off in the first quarter of the Cardinals’ final regular season game.

Arizona running back David Johnson suffered a knee injury in the first quarter of the Cardinals’ Week 17 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams. Johnson had to be carted off of the field, and he did not return to the game.

Luckily, the injury wasn’t as bad as it initially appeared. On Monday, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said that Johnson sprained his MCL and won’t need surgery:

However, Johnson won’t be ready in time to play in the Pro Bowl on Jan. 29. Johnson was voted to the Pro Bowl for the first time this season.

After the injury, Johnson was slow to get up. He was able to walk off of the field with assistance from Arizona’s athletic performance staff, but after being examined, they brought out the cart for the running back.

Johnson has been a fundamentally important part of the Cardinals’ offensive attack this season. He has 288 carries for 1,233 yards and 16 rushing touchdowns this season. He’s added 77 receptions for 841 yards and four touchdowns through the air.

Johnson was on the verge of setting an NFL record in Week 17, and all he needed to do was gain 100 yards from scrimmage. If he had, he would have been the first player in NFL history to do that in 16 consecutive games.

Prior to injury, Johnson had three carries for 38 yards against the Rams.