Reason for absence: Unfortunately, Johnson sustained a shoulder injury during the Week 15 victory over the Cowboys.
Practice Participation: Throughout the week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday), Johnson’s participation in practice was limited.
Game Status: It has been officially confirmed that Johnson will be inactive for Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Impact: With Johnson out, the primary running back duties are expected to be handled by James Cook, with Latavius Murray as the backup. Leonard Fournette, recently elevated from the practice squad, might also see some playing time.
Fantasy Outlook: Despite Johnson’s absence, James Cook remains a strong RB1 option. In deeper leagues, Latavius Murray could be considered for a Flex play, while Leonard Fournette is not anticipated to have significant fantasy value this week.
Johnson had an impressive performance in Week 15, recording his most productive game of the season with 54 rushing yards on 9 carries and catching 1 pass for 4 yards.
In recent weeks, Johnson had been gradually increasing his involvement in the Buffalo offense, consistently seeing at least 6 touches in four consecutive games.
While Johnson’s injury is a setback for the Bills’ backfield depth, the emergence of James Cook as a reliable fantasy contributor should help soften the impact.