Gary Kubiak: Andre Johnson “should be ready to go” for Texans in Week 3

9/19/13 in NFL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe Houston Texans have a couple key players dealing with injuries ahead of this week’s big game against the Baltimore Ravens. But judging by coach Gary Kubiak’s comments in during a conference call Wednesday, the Texans remain optimistic that some of those names – most notably safety Ed Reed and wide receiver Andre Johnson – could return to the field for Week 3 action against the Ravens.
Johnson hasn’t participated in drills since suffering a concussion in the Texans’ 30-24 OT win over the Tennessee Titans. Johnson was knocked out of the Texans’ Week 2 game after a hit by Titans safety Bernard Pollard in the fourth quarter. Pollard picked up a sizable fine as a result of the hit, though he wasn’t flagged on the play by game officials. However, Johnson’s late absence didn’t sabotage the team’s passing game as rookie receiver DeAndre Hopkins stepped up to finish with 117 receiving yards and one touchdown against the Titans. But having their top receiving option back should only make the Texan’s even better offensively ahead of Sunday’s game against the Ravens.
Kubiak noted on Thursday that Johnson has been making a speedy recovery and plans to practice on Thursday.
“All indicators are – if everything goes well throughout the course of the week – he should be ready to go (on Sunday),” Kubiak said.
In the first two games this season, Johnson has caught 20 balls for 222 yards, with an average of 10 catches and 111 receiving yards per game.
If Johnson’s plays Sunday night, the veteran receiver and Hopkins shall test the Ravens’ secondary to the full after they gave up seven touchdowns in the season opening loss at Denver, but were able to bounce back with a strong finish in Week 2. The Ravens’ defense allowed just six points against the Cleveland Browns last Sunday.
Meanwhile, Reed continues to progress from hip surgery and is eager to play against the Ravens, after missing the first two games of this season. Reed was limited in practice on Wednesday but hasn’t been ruled out for Sunday.
 “I think he’s as close to playing as he has been,” Kubiak said of Reed. “His progress has been really good. He’s ready to go practice today and take an even bigger load than he has been taking the first two weeks. Hopefully we get there this week.”
The outlook for offensive tackle Duane Brown is less clear. Brown, who is suffering from a turf toe injury, did not practice on Wednesday. His status could be an “end-of-the-week decision,” Kubiak indicated.
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