Texans wide out Andre Johnson has been one of the biggest playmakers for the first two weeks of the NFL season for the surprising 2-0 Texans, but this Sunday a sprained knee will keep him on the sidelines. “If you look at me right now, no, I won’t be there out there Sunday,” Johnson said. “I’m taking it day-by-day, week-by-week.” It will be just the 4th time in Johnson’s career that he will miss a game, and it will put the pressure on the running game as well as on QB Matt Schaub to spread the ball around more when Houston takes on the World Champion Indianapolis Colts.
The loss of Johnson hurts the Texans on a big scale. He is 4th in the league with 262 yards receiving, and has three touchdowns. He has caught 7 balls in each of the first two Houston wins. Houston will look to the remainder of its wide out core – rookie Jacoby Jones, Kevin Walter, Jerome Mathis and Andre’ Davis. The only two of those four that have caught any passes are Jones and Walter, and they have just 4 catches between them. Mathis does not have a catch and Davis was inactive for weeks one and two.
Johnson is of course, upset about not being able to be out there Sunday to try and help his undefeated team try and upstage the champs. “It’s bad,” Johnson said. “It’s frustrating. After it happened, I was like, ‘Man, this is something we’ve been waiting for for a long time – starting off 2-0 and have the World Champs coming in.’ To have this happen was frustrating. But it’s part of the game. When you’re out there playing, you don’t expect it to happen. I’ll probably be the team’s biggest cheerleader (Sunday). I’m just going to go out and encourage these guys as much as I can.”