Andre Johnson: Houston Texans' WR Is a Must-Start vs. Jets Despite Groin Injury

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2012

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 23:  Wide receiver Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans warms up before taking on the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on September 23, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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A strained groin can't—and won't—stop Houston Texans' wide receiver Andre Johnson from producing superstar numbers on Monday Night Football against the New York Jets in Week 5.

The explosive playmaker has been dealing with a nagging groin injury all season long, but still boasts 268 yards and two touchdowns on 16 receptions through the first quarter of the season. 

According to Newsday's Kimberley A. Martin via Twitter, Johnson was limited in practice this week:

WR Andre Johnson (groin), G Caldwell (ankle/knee), DT Cody (back), TE Daniels (thigh), S Keo (neck), DE Smith (ankle) were LTD for #texans

— Kimberley A. Martin (@KMart_LI) October 5, 2012


Though concerning, fantasy owners shouldn't overreact to this news. 

Johnson isn't practicing because Gary Kubiak wants his star wide receiver healthy for the games, and resting his groin is the best way to make sure that he's good to go for Monday night.

The bad news for Jets fans and great news for Johnson owners: New York's shutdown cornerback Darrelle Revis is out for the season with a devastating knee injury and won't be able to negate Johnson's speed and strength downfield.

The veteran wideout has been targeted 25 times by quarterback Matt Schaub in four games, and is averaging nearly 17 yards per catch coming into Week 5. It would a big mistake to sit Johnson just because he's banged-up and facing a disciplined Jets secondary.

New York possesses a formidable secondary without question, but it will be severely undermanned once again this week. Not to mention living in fear of a potent Houston ground game.

The Jets will have to pay tons of attention to the Texans' Top 10 rushing attack on Monday night, which will open passing lanes down the field for Schaub and Johnson to connect on. New York is the second-worst team in the league when it comes to defending the run, and will have to crowd the box in order to keep Arian Foster and the Houston rushers in check. 

For that reason, I love Johnson's chances to have a monster game on the road in Week 5. He has already scored a touchdown on the road in his last away game at Denver, and his matchup with the Revis-less Jets couldn't come at a better time. 

Andre Johnson is a must-start vs. the Jets on Monday night. Never mind his nagging groin injury, after all, it's yet to stop or even slow him down this season.


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