Texans coach: Decision on Andre Johnson’s game-day status by “end of week”
He added that Johnson is undergoing the NFL’s concussion protocol.
"He's doing great today," Kubiak said. "He's out. Rode the bike today. Doing great, but he is in the (concussion) protocol right now."
Johnson was injured on a hit by Titans safety Bernard Pollard in the fourth quarter, after making a 21-yard catch at the 2-yard line that set up the Texans for a game-tying touchdown drive. He finished the game with eight receptions for 76 yards. Some of Johnson’s teammates were angry with Polllard and frustrated by the officials’ decision of not flagging him on the hit.
“I’ve never seen a more blatant blow to the head,” said Texans tight end Owen Daniels, via the Houston Chronicle. “A big miss by the officials, especially for a guy like Andre. I know you have to protect every player, especially someone like him.”
Pollard acknowledged after the game that he might get fined by the NFL for the hit, but he also noted that defensive players are often in a much tougher position with regards to the NFL’s rules on making a clean hit.
“It’s hard for us as defensive players to pick our target, you know, so going high or going low, we ain’t right.” Pollard noted. “It was a no call but we will see what the front office has to say.”
Although Pollard led with his shoulder, not his helmet, on the play he did see to hit Johnson in the helmet at a time when the Texans receiver was in a vulnerable position. It’s a wonder how Johnson managed to hold on to the ball. But if the league disagreed with the officials’ stance on the hit, they would have faced no problems slapping hefty fine on Pollard.
However, Johnson has made tremendous progress since then, though his status for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens remains unclear. The Texans’ won’t know for sure if Johnson will be cleared of the concussion until the end of the weekend.
"Obviously it will be an end of the week decision because he's gotta go through the process. But I think after the game, talking to him, seeing where he's at today, obviously he's doing really well,” Kubiak said. “I would expect the progress to go pretty quickly if it goes like it has the last 24 hours."