Andre Johnson Injury: Updates on WR's Concussion, Likely Return Date
The Houston Texans escaped with a narrow come-from-behind win for the second week in a row, but this time around, the victory came at a price.
According to the team, via Pro Football Talk, elite wide receiver Andre Johnson was evaluated for a concussion shortly after Sunday's overtime win against the Tennessee Titans:
Texans say Andre Johnson is being evaluated for a concussion.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 15, 2013
Details were initially scarce, but as the Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen noted, safety Bernard Pollard connected with an apparent hit to the helmet late in the contest:
That was absolutely a hit to the helmet of Andre Johnson by Pollard. Johnson still down. Pollard will be fined, but no penalty.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) September 15, 2013
Thankfully, Johnson will to play in Week 3.
UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 22
From ESPN's Adam Schefter:
Texans S Ed Reed and WR Andre Johnson both playing today vs. Baltimore.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 22, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 20
From FOX 26's Mark Berman:
Gary Kubiak says Andre Johnson cleared, practice well and is ready to go for Sunday.— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) September 20, 2013
UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 19
From John McClain of the Houston Chronicle:
Andre Johnson returned to practice. He'll start against the Ravens.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) September 19, 2013
From Mark Berman of Fox 26:
Gary Kubiak said Andre Johnson went through the full workout today and all indications he are will play on Sunday.— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) September 19, 2013
UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 18
Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com, via Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun, passes along a statement from Texans head coach Gary Kubiak confirming Johnson is expected to play in Week 3 against the Baltimore Ravens:
UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 16
The Houston Chronicle's staff reports Johnson is expected to play in Week 3. They passed along a statement from teammate Owen Daniels discussing Johnson's injury:
I talked to him, and he was all right. He wanted to go back in, but protocol is that you can’t at that point.
I’ve never seen a more blatant blow to the head. A big miss by the officials, especially for a guy like Andre. I know you have to protect every player, especially someone like him.
Andre Johnson is one of the last players the Texans want to see go down with an injury, especially one as scary as a concussion.
The 32-year-old veteran continues to shine in his NFL career. With four 100-catch seasons in the last seven years, he has proven himself as one of the most reliable, consistent and impossible-to-contain wideouts in the league.
After just two weeks, he is well on his way to another Pro Bowl-caliber season, already tallying 20 catches for 222 yards.
The Texans seem to have a superstar-in-waiting in rookie DeAndre Hopkins, Sunday's overtime hero, who has 12 catches for 183 yards and a score through his first two career games.
But seeing a player as crucial as Johnson go down was certainly unsettling.
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