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Johnson named NFC Player of the Week

Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson claimed the NFC Offensive Player of the Week award for his efforts against San Francisco.

With quarterback Carson Palmer out due to a concussion on Thursday night, the Arizona Cardinals knew they would need to ride the legs of running back David Johnson to spur a struggling offense.

Even on short rest, Johnson delivered with a memorable 27-carry, 157-yard, two-touchdown effort in the Cardinals' 33-21 win over San Francisco, and on Wednesday, Johnson was honored as the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Johnson is the second Cardinal to earn Player of the Week honors this year, as cornerback Marcus Cooper took home NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors after a week two victory over Tampa Bay in which Cooper came off the bench to secure two interceptions. 

Johnson is the first Cardinals' running back to earn Player of the Week honors in 20 years, as LeShon Johnson was the last player to do so as he accomplished the feat in 1996.

The second-year back out of Northern Iowa joins an elite list of Cardinals' players who have won Player of the Week honors in two different categories as Johnson was honored as the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week in week two of his rookie season. Johnson joins cornerback Patrick Peterson and defensive lineman Calais Campbell as the only Cardinals' players to have achieved that honor.

Aside from his contributions in the running game against San Francisco, Johnson was the Cardinals' second leading option in the passing game as he caught three of quarterback Drew Stanton's 11 completions for a total of 28 receiving yards.

Johnson is the first player in Arizona's franchise history to record at least 100 yards from scrimmage in the first five games of a season, and Johnson is the only NFL player to surpass 100 total yards from scrimmage in each of the first five games this year. 

After leading the Cardinals' offense in a short week situation, Johnson has plenty of rest as the Cardinals will not return to the field until Monday evening with the Cardinals host the New York Jets at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. 


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