The Houston Texans played much of their Week 3 match up against the Baltimore Ravens without star wide receiver Andre Johnson. It was a kick to the shin that initially sent Johnson to the locker room where he underwent x-rays. It looked good for Johnson after the x-rays came back negative, but it was clear that he just wasn’t the same player.
Johnson attempted to return to the field in the second half, but he clearly wasn’t 100 percent and the team decided to pull him.
Today, Johnson is scheduled to have an MRI on the bruised shin.
Johnson tried to convince the coaching staff that he was okay to get back on the field, but everyone ultimately decided that his long-term health is more important for the Texans this season.
“They thought the best thing was to sit it out because we still have a long season ahead of us,” Johnson said, via Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com. “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. You don’t want to do anything that hurts your team. I’d rather have some guys that’ll go out there and play better than you can.”
Hopefully for the Texans, Johnson will be okay and be able to avoid missing any time.
Next weekend, the Seattle Seahawks come to town, so the Texans will need any offensive threat available in order to avoid getting blown out of their own building.