If you take the man for his word, then you can let out a big sigh of relief. Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson said after Thursday’s practice that he plans on playing this coming Sunday against the New York Giants. Johnson, who missed last weekend’s game against the Oakland Raiders, had his injured ankle in a brace on Thursday. Coach Kubiak told the media that Johnson would be a game-time decision, but when Johnson had his turn to speak to the press, he let it be known that he had every intention of playing.
(On his status)
"It (the ankle) feels pretty good. I still have a little soreness, but it felt pretty good running around."
(On what is his prognosis for Sunday)
"I’m planning on playing. That’s what I said after the game last Sunday. That’s pretty much it."
(On how important it is for him to get back out and play)
"It’s important to be out there, but at the same time you don’t want to do nothing that will hurt the team. It’s just being smart about it."
(On if he feels much better than a week ago)
"It feels better than a week ago. At this point last week I wasn’t able to practice. With me being able to go out and run around and I also ran yesterday. It feels better. Coach is not 100 percent, but I feel like I’m able to go out there and play."
(On if he sees his playing status as a game-time decision or does he see himself playing)
"I plan on playing, but at the same time if it was up to me I would’ve tried to play last Sunday. Coach (Gary) Kubiak is in charge of all that. I’m not sure if they will have me workout before the game. As far as that situation goes. I just plan on playing. That’s pretty much what I can say about it. I’ll find out more as the week goes on."
(On how much does he worry about re-injuring his ankle)
"I practiced with a brace on today. The brace keeps my ankle pretty stable to protect it from something like that from happening. I practiced in it today and it felt pretty good. It keeps my ankle stable. We’re making some adjustments to make it as comfortable as possible for me. I’ll run back again tomorrow in it and see how it feels."
(On if the brace limits him in anyway)
"No. It doesn’t limit me at all."
(On the Giants defense)
"They’re a great group. Their record may not show it right now. You look at them on film and you see a bunch of guys flying around and to the ball. I think they’re in the top ten as far as offense and defense. I think the biggest thing is that you can’t have the mental errors against those guys. If you look at the game last week and how they got after (Bears QB) Jay Cutler you wouldn’t want something like that to happen to our quarterback. The biggest thing is just to protect him and just making the plays as they come to you. You just have to take advantage of every opportunity you get because they are very explosive on the offensive side as well."
(On playing a team that had 11 sacks the previous Sunday)
"The biggest thing is just protecting and trying to get open as fast as you can. They have a great defensive front. When you look at them on film, the film speaks for itself. It’s going to be a big challenge for us and we’re going to do everything we can to get the victory."
(On if he can still make his cuts with the brace on)
"Like I said before, I’m not at a hundred percent. There’s a little soreness here and there at times, but at the same time it’s not nothing where it’s killing me. Like I said, I have a brace that I’m wearing and the brace keeps my ankle pretty stable. I’ve never in a brace before so today is my first time. That was kind of new for me in trying to adjust to it. Like I said, they are making more adjustments to it to make it as comfortable as possible for me. I’ll go back out tomorrow and do some more stuff. Hopefully, it’ll be comfortable like it should be when I wear it on Sunday."