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Around the NFL: CJ2K back with Cards as David Johnson goes to IR; Deshaun Watson time already?

Here's a look at stories from around the league on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

1. With David Johnson down, Chris Johnson is back. 

Cardinals running back David Johnson, an elite player and fantasy star, will miss two to three months after suffering a wrist injury in the opener that will require surgery, ESPN reported. With Johnson placed on injured reserve, Arizona re-signed the formerly elite Chris Johnson after cutting just before the season.

Johnson spent the last two years with the Cardinals. The 10th-year back is best known for his 2009 season, in which he gained 2,006 yards on the ground, earning the nickname CJ2K. Only Adrian Peterson's 2,097-yard 2012 campaign has passed that mark since.

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For fantasy football purposes, ESPN's Cardinals writer Josh Weinfuss opined that Johnson will be the featured back, though others have said they expect Kerwynn Williams to take the lead role. Arizona's other backs include Andre Ellington, Eli Penny and D.J. Foster.

2. Who will be the Texans starting quarterback?

Rookie Deshaun Watson replaced Tom Savage at halftime of Houston's opening loss. Coach Bill O'Brien isn't saying who his Week Two quarterback will be, but the Bengals expect it to be Watson.

"We're kind of planning on it being Deshaun because they made the change at halftime," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said during a conference call with Texans media, via the Houston Chronicle. "I would imagine it would be him coming forward this week."

Neither quarterback played particularly well. Savaged completed 7 of 13 passes for 62 yards and a QB rating of 66.8 while Watson was 12 of 23 for 102 yards with a touchdown and an interception, with a rating of 60.4.

3. Dolphins say their stadium is OK.

Miami Dolphins president Tom Garfinkel took to Twitter Tuesday to say that the team's stadium suffered no structural damaged during Hurricane Irma.

ProFootballTalk added that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have also given the all-good on their stadium, while the Jacksonville Jaguars are still checking things out.

4. Adrian Peterson's return to Minnesota was not great.

Peterson, now with the New Orleans Saints, carried only six times for 19 yards in his return to Minnesota while new Vikings running back Dalvin Cook broke Peterson's team record for rushing yards in a rookie debut.

Peterson stared down coach Sean Payton on the sideline during the game, as picked up by ESPN cameras.

5. Rex Ryan's broadcast debut went poorly. 

Ryan seems like a natural color commentator. He's an X's-and-O's expert and walking football encyclopedia with a loud and outgoing personality. All he needed to do Monday night during his broadcast debut with ESPN was be himself.

Ryan's debut was instead awkward and clunky, to put it mildly. Beth Mowins, a veteran handling the play-by-play, carried Ryan through much of the broadcast. Ryan was clearly nervous, which made his commentary feel forced. He not only brought an awkward vibe to the booth but seemed unprepared with player names. He didn't offer much insight into Chargers coach Anthony Lynn, who was on Ryan's staff for the better part of a decade.

The website Awful Announcing complied some thoughts on Ryan.

For a good broadcasting debut, check out Tony Romo:

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