Johnathan Joseph says he’s healthy after injury-plagued 2012

AP

Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph made the Pro Bowl for the second straight season in 2012, but many around the Texans felt that his play wasn’t on the same level as his 2011 effort.

Injury was the easy explanation for any drop in productivity. Joseph missed a couple of games during the season with a hamstring injury and suffered a groin injury earlier in the season that also landed him on the team’s injury reports. As it happens, the injuries turned out to be even more severe.

Joseph had a pair of sports hernias repaired after the season and, as a result, says that he’s feeling the best he has during OTAs in four or five years as a result.

“With the groin issues and everything behind me and the sports hernia on both sides, I had both those fixed,” Joseph said, via James Palmer of CSNHouston.com. “Now I have more pop, more explosion with my legs. I can run all day again.”

Kareem Jackson turned in a strong season across from Joseph in 2012 and the Texans defense remained strong even with Joseph contributing less than he did in 2011. A return to full speed with Jackson maintaining the same level of play would make the Houston secondary even thornier for opposing quarterbacks to deal with, a state of affairs that would bode well for a run at a third straight AFC South title.