X-Rays on Andre Johnsonsí shin came back negative, scheduled for MRI
Johnson seemed to suffer the injury in the first half, though he was not sure if he was kicked or if a helmet injured him. But he seemed to be experiencing pain getting off the ground and left late in the second quarter to undergo X-rays in the locker room. Johnson returned for a few plays on the Texans’ final drive of the first half, and was also there on the field for the opening drive of the second half. He caught a 12-yard pass on the first play, but was clearly hobbled and left for good shortly afterwards.
“I watched him the first play,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. “We threw the ball the first play, and I wanted to see him run. I did not think he could run the way he needs to to play, so we took him out.”
The 11th-year pro clearly tried to work through the injury, his second in two weeks after suffering a concussion against the Tennessee Titans last Sunday. Johnson was also forced to leave that game early due to a head injury after taking a big hit from Titans safety Bernard Pollard. Rookie DeAndre Hopkins stepped up for the Texans and helped lead the team to a 30-24 OT comeback against the Titans in Week 2. Although Johnson was listed as probable in the injury report, he practiced fully on Friday and was cleared to start Sunday.
“Very, very frustrating,” said Johnson, who finished with five passes for 36 yards Sunday night. “You just kind of go back and forth with the coaches trying to tell them you're OK, hoping that it feels better, running around on the sideline, trying to do everything you can.”
"I know when I went out there I couldn't play the way I am capable of playing. You see the film -- I'm limping out there around trying to play.”
But Johnson said he understood the coaches’ decision to pull him out of Sunday’s game against the Ravens since the team still has “a long season ahead of us.” Johnson added he won’t have wanted to do anything that hurts the team and instead wanted to let other guys, who can still contribute, carry the load of the game.
Kubiak said game that Johnson has a shin bruise, after X-rays of his injury came back negative. Johnson’s status for the Week 4 game against the Seattle Seahawks is subject to further consideration after the Texans get a clear picture on the extent of the injury with an MRI of the injured leg on Monday.