While Andre Johnson has recovered from the hamstring injury he suffered four weeks ago faster than expected, Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak doesn't think he's quite ready to return to the field:
The Texans have gone 2-2 since losing their four-time All-Pro WR, but the team has not been able to replace his production in the passing game. Johnson, despite playing in only three full games, still leads the team's wide receivers in receptions and receiving yards.
Jacksonville, starting rookie QB Blaine Gabbert, has a 2-5 record and the league's worst-ranked passing offense, although Johnson's ability to stretch the field and convert first downs over the middle will be missed against their stout defense.
Nick Scrufield of HoustonTexans.com reported this afternoon that Andre Johnson reported improvement in his strained hamstring, but was still considered questionable for Sunday’s game against Jacksonville:
“I’m not going to go out there and play unless I feel comfortable,” he said. “If I don’t feel like I can play, I’m not going to go out there. I definitely won’t do anything to put myself in any danger.”
Johnson did say that he pushed himself a little harder on Thursday, doing a couple of 1-on-1s with defensive backs that he didn’t do on Wednesday.
“He was better today,” Kubiak said. “He told us that he felt better. We kind of approached him in practice the same way. He had his normal day of practice, probably a little bit less than his normal reps he would take on a given Thursday.
Kubiak intoned to the media that the decision would be Johnson’s, and that the team and trainers would continue to listen to the Pro Bowl receiver before making any moves.