The Arizona Cardinals put Chris Johnson on the injured reserve/designated to return list, a move that means the only way the running back will play again this season is if the team reaches the Super Bowl.
A person with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday that Johnson chipped or fractured his left tibia where it meets the knee. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not revealed details of the injury.
Johnson, 30, is fourth in the NFL in rushing with 812 yards.
Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski has a bone bruise on knee
He will be evaluated on a weekly basis and there is no timetable for his return, the team said.
Giants put guard Geoff Schwartz on injured reserve
The New York Giants put guard Geoff Schwartz on injured reserve and signed guard Adam Gettis off the practice squad of the Oakland Raiders.
Schwartz, who started all 11 games, broke his left leg Sunday in Washington.
Gettis was with the Giants in training camp and did two stints on their practice squad this season. He was signed to the Raiders practice squad Nov. 17.
The season is over for Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams, who was put on the injured reserve list
because of a left knee injury that has forced him to sit out the last four games
Officiating crew is reassigned
The NFL moved referee Pete Morelli’s crew off Sunday night’s game between Indianapolis and Pittsburgh.
Morelli’s crew will work an afternoon game between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots.
Side judge Rob Vernatchi from Morelli’s crew was suspended for one game this season for not properly keeping track of the game clock in a Pittsburgh-San Diego game. At the time, the league said the error would impact the full-season evaluation of Morelli’s crew.