Glendale, AZ, United States (4E Sports) – Arizona Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson underwent surgery after he lost the top of his left middle finger just above the knuckle during Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Saints.
Doctors shaved down the bone in the finger to prevent infection but there were no plans to reattach the finger.
Johnson’s injury may take a few weeks to heal but Cardinals coach Bruce Arians left the door open for him to play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday.
“It’s day to day,” Arians said. “It’s just a matter of pain tolerance.”
Johnson said the injury occurred just before halftime during a punt return by the Saints’ Darren Sproles. He was unsure how it happened and will watch game film Monday to try to get a better idea.
Johnson realized that he was hurt when he looked down and saw blood coming out of his glove. Then he discovered the significance of the injury when he pulled his hand out of his glove and the fingertip was still in it.