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Johnson Is Sitting Out & A New Signing

This weekend is a mandatory three day minicamp in Tempe for the Arizona Cardinals. This is no longer voluntary, it is mandatory. And star running back David Johnson is going to miss it. This is not the most disturbing part to me, that would be why he is missing the mandatory camp. Why is he missing camp, we are not sure, but the rumor mill is growing by the hour. It is being reported that Johnson has an injury that is not significant.  Johnson, 26, missed practice time last week with an injury the Cardinals weren’t disclosing. As the Cardinals began their three-day minicamp on Tuesday at the team’s facility in Tempe, Johnson, who watched voluntary practice last Thursday, but was not present on Tuesday.

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Photo by; The Daily Courier

“It’s the off-season, and I’m not going to really indulge in injuries or things like that,” coach Steve Wilks said Thursday when asked why Johnson wasn’t practicing. “We’re going to talk about the guys that are out there.”

Johnson missed 15 games last season after suffering a wrist injury in the season opener. He was cleared medically earlier this year and until this week had been participating fully in the off-season program.

Johnson was not available for comment after Thursday’s practice. So everyone is ignoring this situation. In my 45 years on this earth, usually when people ignore, won’t talk and then go as far as to make excuses for any situation, it means there is something more going on than we are being told. What could be going on? I assume (no inside sources, just my opinion here) that he either has a worse injury than we are being told or he has been advised to hold out of practices until he gets a new contract. He is in the final year of his rookie deal that will pay him a healthy $1.8 million this season. There have been some rumblings that the two sides are talking contract extension, but nothing makes me angrier in the sports world than someone who does not want to fulfill their current contract while negotiating a newer, larger contract.

A New Signing

The Cardinals signed safety Travell Dixon to replace rookie safety Jonathan Owens, who was waived after suffering a knee injury. Owens, a free agent from Missouri Western, had impressed coaches in off-season work before suffering the injury.

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Photo by; Arizona Sports

Dixon played one game for Carolina in 2016 after spending the first 16 weeks on the Panthers practice squad. He played for Cardinals coach Steve Wilks that season with the Panthers. Dixon actually entered the NFL with Oakland in 2015 as a rookie free agent from Washington. He found his way to Carolina and was released by the Panthers last year in training camp. His college career consisted of playing two seasons at Washington following a brief stint at Alabama and two years at Eastern Arizona College.


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