Texans’ Andre Johnson starts Week 4 as “day-to-day”
Johnson suffered a concussion during the match against the Tennessee Titans and recovered to play on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens against whom he was injured with a shin bruise during the first half. Inspections done on his injury have shown him to be okay and he has been given the green light to hit the field again. According to coach Gary Kubiak, he is ready to come back to practice.
About his inspection on Monday, Kubiak said "He did come out OK. All the X-rays are fine so it's just a matter of working him back through it. It's just the matter of a day-to-day process."
Johnson returning to his wide receiver position will definitely solve a number of problems that have come up during his absence, which were visible during the humiliating loss to the Ravens. Kubiak is determined to eliminate faults in the team and to formulate strategies which will guarantee big plays. The Texans made a franchise record for most penalties on Sunday and Kubiak is not looking forward to coming near that again.
But formulating tactics which will guarantee rewarding plays is no easy game. Regarding his plan, coach Kubiak said "Somehow we've got to get some consistency, get rid of those mistakes and play the type of football game we want to play. We've got to find a way to make some bigger plays than what we're making."
Kubiak is planning on using Matt Schaub more often in his plays. He holds every passing record in the franchise history, a boast worthy of mentioning. The Texans were missing their Pro Bowl offensive tackle Duane Brown against the Ravens. The Ravens had a huge advantage with their defense as Ryan Harris and Derek Newton were positioned at the edges.
Kuniak confirmed that Brown had hit the field again on Monday but was still under analysis, meaning Newton and Harris would be the bearing the brunt of the game on their shoulders against the crushing defense of Seattle Seahawks.
The problems encountered by coach Kubiak paint a grim picture: three games have gone by and the team is still haunted by old problems. In reply to the encountered difficulties, coach Kubiak said "I don't think we've played a good team game from start to finish. We've been inconsistent. We've turned the ball over. It's about consistency and finding a way to make plays.”