Texans receiver Andre Johnson has missed two games since suffering a hamstring injury in Week Four, and doctors have told him he could miss as many as four more games. But Johnson is more optimistic.
“They say it could take up to six weeks at the most,” Johnson said today on SportsRadio 610. ”But I don’t think it will take me that long.”
Johnson said he’s ahead of schedule so far, but he’s not back to full speed yet.
“I’m headed in the right direction,” Johnson said. “I just want it to heal faster. Right now it’s still weak; it’s not as strong as it used to be.”
The Texans are 0-2 without Johnson, and coach Gary Kubiak said it’s become a lot easier for opposing defenses to shut down their passing game without having to account for Johnson.
“We’re getting played different,” Kubiak said. “There’s a level of consistency when Andre’s on the field with what people try to do. I don’t think it has affected where Matt [Schaub] goes with the ball. [Sunday] we went toe-to-toe with a dang good team, and we needed a new hero. Until Andre gets back, someone has got to assume that responsibility.”
Whoever assumes that responsibility, everyone in Houston is hoping it’s a short-term role.