Houston Texans Injury Report Week 8: Andre Johnson Ruled Out For Sunday

Despite making significant progress recovering from his hamstring injury, Andre Johnson has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars by Gary Kubiak.

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Andre Johnson Injury Update: Gary Kubiak Rules Star WR Out For Sunday

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:

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Gary Kubiak decided to rule out Andre Johnson for a fourth consecutive game despite making progress recovering from hamstring injury.

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.

The good news for Houston fans is the Texans probably don't need to rush him back, not with games against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday and the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 6. 

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.

For the latest news and analysis on the Texans, check out Battle Red Blog, and for more on the Jaguars, head over to Big Cat Country.

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Andre Johnson Injury Update: 'Better' During Thursday Practice But Not Certain

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.

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Houston Texans Injury Report Week 8: Andre Johnson Is Back

Andre Johnson was a full participant in the Houston Texans' practice on Wednesday, the wide receiver will have the final say so on playing Sunday versus the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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