HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 02: Wide receiver Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans breaks the tackled of safety Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 2, 2011 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.Texans won 17 to 10. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

Andre Johnson Injury Update: Johnson Expected To Not Play Against The Titans

Andre Johnson's hamstring injury may be more serious than originally believed, with ESPN reporting that Johnson may be out 2-3 weeks.

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Andre Johnson All But Ruled Out For Week 7 Against Titans

Wide receiver Andre Johnson's hamstring injury has kept him out the past two games and he has all but officially been ruled this week against the Tennessee Titans, according to head coach Gary Kubiak. Kubiak was not saying Johnson was officially out, but it does not look like Johnson will be suiting up:

"I don't ever want to say no, but I think, like I said before, there is still progress to be made before Andre is back on the field for us," Kubiak said. "He has not returned to practice yet as of right now."

Johnson was told on Tuesday that his injury would keep him out for a total of six weeks, but the wide receiver feels he will be back before then. Kubiak also said that Johnson's recover is going well and right on schedule.

For more on Andre Johnson's injury check out the Houston Texans blog, Battle Red Blog.

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Andre Johnson Could Be Out Six Weeks

Andre Johnson had said that he was going to try to be back for the Tennessee Titans game this weekend, but that is not going to happen. Johnson is still recovering from his hamstring injury that he suffered against the Pittsburgh Steelers two weeks ago, and Johnson doctors are saying that he could be out an additional six weeks:

"I'm headed in the right direction," Johnson said. "I just want it to heal faster. Right now it's still weak; it's not as strong as it use to be."

"They say it could take up to six weeks at the most," Johnson said. "But I don't think it will take me that long."

If it takes another six weeks, Johnson would return to the lineup after their bye week and against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Nov. 27. Johnson feels that he is ahead of schedule and has been running at practice this week building up strength in his hamstring.

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Andre Johnson Injury Update: Johnson 'Pumped' About Progress

Andre Johnson is feeling good after his minor procedure that he underwent on Tuesday Oct. 6 that left him with only two stitches and that he feels no pain in his hamstring when he walks, bends it or rides a bike. Johnson is expected to have the stitches out on Oct. 11 and he is optimistic that he will only miss two games and be back for the Tennessee Titans game:

"If I had to pick a date, I'd say two weeks. You can't really put a timetable on it, but that's my gut feeling based on how good I feel right now."

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"I wish I could go out there now and test it," Johnson said. "I'm walking and riding the bike and bending it, and I don't have any pain or soreness. Of all the procedures I've had done, this is the best I've felt after it. I'm pumped."

Johnson also went onto say once he gets the stitches out that is when he can go full speed and test his hamstring. 

There is a small chance that Johnson could return to face Tennessee, but most likely he will not be back until Oct. 30 when the Texans face the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Andre Johnson Injury Update: Procedure 'Went Well' According To Texans' Coach Gary Kubiak

The procedure to fix Andre Johnson's injured right hamstring "went well" according to Houston Texans' coach Gary Kubiak. via ESPN.com

"All the information we're getting moving forward is very positive," Kubiak said. "We're not putting any timeline on anything right now. We just know everything went well. The doctor feels good about it, Andre feels good about it."

The Texans' are preparing to deal with the Oakland Raiders this weekend without their star wide receiver. Johnson is expected to miss three weeks with the injury. The Texans' had to deal with losing Johnson last year when a sprained ankle kept Johnson out of three games, including a 31-24 victory over the Oakland Raiders.

Johnson originally injured the hamstring in the Texans' 17-10 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Texans' just got running back Arian Foster back from his injury and are now having to deal with another injury to a key player. Kubiak knows that it means other players are going to have to step up in Johnson's absence. via ESPN.com

We've got to, as a group, try to replace all the production that he adds on the field. That means everybody's got to pick it up, and we'll have a chance to prove it."

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Andre Johnson Injury Update: ESPN Expert Explains Why Texans Wide Receiver Could Miss Multiple Games

Officially, according to the Houston Texans, the injury Andre Johnson suffered in Houston's win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday was a hamstring strain. But Johnson is seeking more opinion on the injury, and ESPN's John Clayton reported that Johnson could be out multiple weeks. ESPN's injury expert, Stephania Bell, explains why Johnson's injury could be more serious than a hamstring strain:

(Johnson's injury) had the look of failure, as in the sudden failure of a major muscle/tendon unit that just stops a runner mid-stride.

Johnson could be seen grabbing the lower part of his hamstring, just above the knee, at the time of his injury which would suggest that the injury was near the tendinous attachment. Those injuries are often slow to heal because of poorer blood supply to the tendon.

In other words, Johnson may have suffered a hamstring strain that isn't quite the garden-variety hamstring strain, but instead an unfortunately located strain that could take longer to heal. The Texans have been very good so far this year, but it looks and sounds like they will have to keep up the pace on offense without Johnson for the near future.

For more on the Texans, head to SB Nation's Battle Red Blog.

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Andre Johnson Injury Update: Johnson May Be Out 2-3 Weeks

On the Tuesday afternoon SportsCenter, ESPN's John Clayton became the bearer of bad news for Texans fans:

Twitter_picture_normalESPN's John Clayton on Andre Johnson: "He's definitely gonna miss the Raiders game & probably 2 or 3 weeks after that. ... Probably 3 weeks"— @evansilva via Twitter

Johnson injured his hamstring in Houston's 17-10 victory over PIttsburgh last weekend, and after he began clamoring for a second opinion on Monday, it was clear the injury was more serious than previously thought.

In his three games before the injury, the 6'3 225 WR was as dominant as ever, with 21 catches for 319 yards and 2 TD's.

Johnson's absence is the latest setback for the Houston offense, which has suffered injuries to star RB Arian Foster as well as backups Ben Tate and Derrick Ward.

Johnson has more receiving yards than the rest of the Texans' WR's combined. Jacoby Jones and Kevin Walter will have to fill the four-time All-Pro's shoes going into a crucial stretch of games against Oakland, Baltimore and as well as fellow AFC South division leader Tennessee.

As of now, the Texans have not commented on Clayton's report.

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Andre Johnson Injury Update: Texans' Wide Receiver Wants Second Opinion On Hamstring

Houston Texans star wideout Andre Johnson is seeking a second opinion on his injured right hamstring after the Texans were victorious over the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 17-10 win on Sunday afternoon.

Earlier, SB Nation Houston reported that Texans' head coach Gary Kubiak stated that the team wouldn't speculate as to Johnson's availability for this Sunday's game versus Oakland until further tests were conducted. After today's press conference, Kubiak's message seems to be that something is definitely wrong:

Kubiak: Team, Johnson want 2nd opinion so everyone understands what's going on moving forward. Doesn't know if it's torn, strained, etc.

What was obvious after Johnson's injury was that the Texans' offense didn't seem quite as in sync as it did with Johnson in the fray, and there's no one on the planet who can replace what Andre Johnson brings to the Texans. The Texans fortunate enough to get Arian Foster rolling against a normally stout Pittsburgh Steelers defense, (although news is unclear to the pending health of Ben Tate) Houston will need someone to step up in the absence of Johnson.

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