Cardinals' Arians: Backfield order is Williams, Ellington, Chris Johnson

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Jeff Curry / USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said running back Kerwynn Williams will receive the start in Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts and be followed by Andre Ellington and then Chris Johnson in the backfield rotation, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

After replacing injured running back David Johnson in the season opener, Williams received five carries but managed just 10 yards, though he did find the end zone late in the game. He added two yards by catching his lone target of the day.

Ellington has played in 54 career games to Williams' 22, but failed to record a rushing attempt in Week 1. He caught two-of-three targets for 35 yards, and has averaged 9.1 yards on 114 career receptions.

Johnson was re-signed after it was announced Johnson would be missing a significant amount of time. He ran the ball just 25 times last season for a career-low 3.8 yards per attempt. He didn't catch a single pass.

While Arizona's opponent, Indianapolis, was crushed 46-9 by the Los Angeles Rams in its season opener, the defense did hold running back Todd Gurley to just 40 yards on 19 attempts, though both Gurley and backup Malcolm Brown each scored a rushing touchdown.

Gurley added 56 yards on five receptions.