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NFC West Recap: Chris Johnson Pushes For Play Time In Arizona; Aaron Donald Back For Rams; Eric Reid Injured In San Francisco
A recap of the latest news around the NFC West: Read
Arizona Cardinals (1-1)
What Happened: The Cardinals knocked off the Indianapolis Colts, 16-13, in overtime at Lucas Oil Stadium. Read
- With starting running back David Johnson landing on injured reserve last week, Arizona turned to a trio of running backs in Sunday's win over the Colts, and veteran Chris Johnson proved to be the most productive of the three, finishing with 44 yards on 11 carries to outpace Kerwynn Williams' 22 yards on nine touches and Andre Ellington's 11 yards on two attempts. According to AZCardinals.com reporter Darren Urban, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said Johnson, who entered this past weekend as the team's third back, is slated to move up the depth chart. “I liked what I saw in Chris,” Arians said. “He’s more than ready to go.”
- Arizona is seeking improvement from its offensive line after Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer was sacked four times and hit nine times in Sunday's win.
- Receiver J.J. Nelson was a standout in Arizona's victory.
What's Next: Arizona hosts the Dallas Cowboys (1-1) on Monday Night Football in Week 3. Read
Los Angeles Rams (1-1)
What Happened: The Rams dropped a 27-20 contest to the Washington Redskins in Week 2. Read
- Running back Todd Gurley was effective in the loss, rushing 16 times for 86 yards and recording three catches for 46 yards, including the first receiving touchdown of his young NFL career.
- The Rams' Week 2 game was Aaron Donald's first game of the year after the defensive tackle chose to hold out through the first week of the regular season as his representation negotiated a contract extension with the club.
- With starting cornerback Kayvon Webster continuing to recover from a shoulder injury, the Rams added cornerback Troy Hill to the active roster Tuesday. Hill, who was serving a two-game suspension to start the year, provides needed depth this week, TheRams.com's Myles Simmons reports.
What's Next: Los Angeles faces a quick turnaround, traveling up the California coast for a Thursday Night Football game against the 49ers. Read
San Francisco 49ers (0-2)
What Happened: As Seahawks fans assuredly know by now, the 49ers fell to Seattle, 12-9, this past Sunday at CenturyLink Field. Read
- Despite the loss, two 49ers players were nominated for weekly honors at NFL.com.
- Third-year pro Laken Tomlinson, a former first-round pick, took over the starting left guard spot for San Francisco this past Sunday, and given the way he played against Seattle, 49ers.com reporter Joe Fann expects him to hold onto the job moving forward, which the 49ers' newest unofficial depth chart reflects.
- Eric Reid, who injured his knee against the Seahawks, won't play for the 49ers in Week 3, San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan said Tuesday, and the safety could miss even more time than that. "The good news is he’s not going to need surgery, so it’ll heal on its own," Shanahan said. "But he’s definitely not going to play this weekend and it’s probably going to be a little bit longer than that also.”
What's Next: Like the Rams, San Francisco will work on limited rest this week as its readies for a home game against Los Angeles on Thursday night.Read