Flush the Pocket: Johnson, household name

Flush the Pocket will be your daily morning dose of the Arizona Cardinals. It’ll recap the top story line from the previous day and give you a look at what everyone is saying locally and nationally.

SARASOTA, Fla. – A couple days ago, Rashad Johnson wasn’t well known outside of Arizona and SEC country.

Today, he’s become a household name around the NFL all because he lost the tip of his left middle finger during the Cardinals’ 31-7 loss to the New Orleans Saints. The injury became the topic du jour and Johnson instantly became a mini-celebrity once word broke.

He was the discussed on national and local radio shows, and he was even featured during the halftime show of the "Monday Night Football" radio broadcast.

But why is Johnson’s gruesome injury such a popular topic? Well, besides being gruesome?

“It’s a different injury,” said Johnson, in his fifth season out of Alabama. “We hear about ACLs, we hear about shoulder separations, but for someone to actually lose a part of their finger, that’s something that you can’t really just and go put back on.

“It’s gone and it’s something that I’ll be without and something that I’ll have to adjust to but I mean at the end of the day I got nine more and just move forward with it.”

Johnson tweeted a photo Monday night of his finger sans the tip; click here to see it, but be warned: It's not for the squeamish.

Kent Somers of AZCentral.com writes about the Cardinals’ injuries.

Darren Urban writes about the linebacker situation after the loss of Sam Acho and Lorenzo Alexander.