Andre Johnson: Texans Star Wideout a Must-Start Despite Groin Injury

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVOctober 8, 2012

HOUSTON, TX- SEPTEMBER 30: Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans in the pre game warm up before playing against the Tennessee Titans on September 30, 2012 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
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Despite a groin injury keeping Houston Texans star wide receiver Andre Johnson out of practice much of this week, expect him to put up his usual monster numbers on Monday Night Football against the New York Jets.

Johnson was listed as questionable much of this week with a groin injury, but he did practice Saturday and his status was bumped up to probable for Monday night's game, according to Rotowire

The former University of Miami standout hasn't quite exploded just yet this season, but he's consistently put up solid numbers and it's evident that he'll notch one of his signature multi-TD games soon.

And what better of a time to do it than primetime? In fact, John McClain, NFL reporter for the Houston Chronicle, noted an impressive statistic about Johnson's success at night games on Twitter.

Andre Johnson has been terrific in prime time. Eight games, averaging 6.4 catches, 98.9 yds. In last 3, 7.6 catches for 131.6 yds. MNF next.

— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) October 3, 2012

One or two big-time games under the lights could possibly be attributed as a coincidence, but stats like this for all eight games show nothing but a clutch gene for Johnson.

It's obvious that his best play comes out when the sun goes down, and you have to cash on those types of advantages if you're his fantasy owner. 

It's understandable that head coach Gary Kubiak keeping Johnson out of practice could worry fans and fantasy owners, but it's only to ensure that Johnson is healthy for games. 

The Jets certainly boast a strong secondary, but it has holes after losing Darrelle Revis and is highly susceptible to a strong quarterback carving them up.

Texans quarterback Matt Schaub has been true to his top receiver this year, and Johnson has returned the favor as he's gone for 17 yards per catch this season. One aspect that will open up Johnson even more for big plays is the fact that the Jets' rush defense is atrocious and they'll be committing way too many players to stopping strong running back Arian Foster. 

Each way you slice it, Andre Johnson is set to have a big-time game under the lights for this undefeated Houston Texans team and help them prove that they're the NFL's best.


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