Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson has been a popular interview subject since the tip of his left middle finger was severed in last week’s game against the Saints.

When he returned from practice on Friday Johnson left the bus and went directly to reporters figuring they wanted to speak with him. He was he correct.

Remarkably Johnson is listed as questionable and he is experimenting to find a proper cast to cover his left hand during Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Asked how effective Johnson could be defensive coordinator Todd Bowles smiled and said: “I have not had a finger cut off so you’d have to ask Rashad or Ronnie Lott.”

Johnson said the cast would fit over a fist. That way his finger would not be exposed.

“With the cast and the way we have planned to do it I’m just going to let it loose and play ball” he said. “You can’t go out and play in fear. That’s when you make mistakes and things happen. If I play I’ll play all out the whole time.”

If Johnson plays he won’t start but would be a backup and contribute on special teams head coach Bruce Arians said. Tyrann Mathieu would start at free safety with Tony Jefferson possibly playing in nickel and dime packages.

“His leadership is something I value and I’d like to have him out there” Arians said of Johnson.

Johnson said he could catch if he needed to.

“I’d have to body-catch it and show off my one-handed skills if I had to” he said.