ARLINGTON, Texas – David Johnson will command the vast majority of running back snaps when the regular season begins in two weeks.
The All-Pro sat out the 27-3 preseason win over the Cowboys on Sunday night, so Chase Edmonds and T.J. Logan took the opportunity to show that the Cardinals have some intriguing break-in-case-of-emergency options behind him.
"God forbid David gets banged up, but we just know it's a very long season," Logan said. "Whenever our numbers are called, me and Chase, we're going to come in and try to make something happen for the team."
Edmonds found out Friday that he would be making his first career NFL start, and admitted the "Sunday Night Football" hoopla had him a bit amazed. It didn't show, as the fourth-round pick carried the ball 11 times for 55 yards, including a 28-yard scamper.
"The first thing that went in my head is like, 'Man, you're living your dream,'" Edmonds said. "'There's nothing to be nervous about. There's nothing to be anxious about. Be who you are and do what got you here.'"
Logan put up even more impressive numbers. He carried the ball six times for 86 yards, highlighted by a 59-yard touchdown run. Logan followed fullback Elijhaa Penny into a hole and then used his blazing speed to scream past the Dallas defense.
"I stumbled a little bit so I wasn't able to look up and see the scoreboard with the guys behind me," Logan said. "I was like, 'I've got to press it.'"
There was some unfavorable news regarding the position group. The versatile D.J. Foster injured his knee on kickoff coverage in the first quarter and had to be carted off the field. Coach Steve Wilks was unsure about the severity of the injury but expects to have an update on Monday.
ROSEN DOESN'T PLAY
Rookie quarterback Josh Rosen threw passes in warmups but didn't play after hitting his thumb on a helmet in practice on Monday. Wilks said he didn't want Rosen to aggravate the injury and also wanted to see Mike Glennon after the veteran missed last week with a forearm injury.
Rosen's status for Thursday's preseason finale against the Broncos is undetermined.
"We'll re-evaluate it this week and determine whether or not I want him to play in that last preseason game," Wilks said.
Linebacker Arthur Moats left the game with a knee injury. Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald didn't play, but like Johnson, it was to keep him healthy. Cornerback Brandon Williams sat out for an undisclosed reason.
SPECIAL TEAMS EXCELLENCE
The Cardinals' special teams has been an issue in recent seasons but looked fantastic against the Cowboys under new coach Jeff Rodgers. The unit recovered a pair of muffed punts, as linebacker Dennis Gardeck pounced on one early in the game and wide receiver Trent Sherfield jumped on another in the end zone to give the Cardinals a 7-0 lead with 4:14 left in the first quarter.
"The ball was popping out everywhere, and I didn't want to jump on the pile because I knew it was going to pop back out," Sherfield said. "I just waited for it. It was a blessing to land on it in the end zone."
Andy Lee averaged 44.5 yards per punt with a long of 67 and dropped four inside the 20. Cornerback Bene' Benwikere did a great job saving a punt from becoming a touchback, and the Cardinals downed it at the Dallas 7.
Wilks said it was a "phenomenal" effort by special teams.
WILKS MOURNS LOSS OF MCCAIN
Wilks opened his postgame press conference by sending condolences to the family of John McCain, the longtime Arizona senator and former presidential candidate who died on Saturday at the age of 81.
"We lost, definitely, a hero," Wilks said. "He has done so much for the state of Arizona, but most importantly, for this country. When you look at a time where there is so much strife between political parties – Democrat and Republican – the one thing that he always did, he always he put Americans first. That's the one thing you loved about him. He will definitely be truly missed."
Images of the "Sunday Night Football" affair in Arlington, Texas