Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson left Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens with an apparent leg injury, as John McClain of the Houston Chronicle tweeted that he left the game with a limp:
andre Johnson is out. He took off his gloves and tossed his helmet on the sideline. He was limping. Keshawn Martin takes his place.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) September 22, 2013
Johnson had been a favorite target of quarterback Matt Schaub this season, hauling in a league-high 20 passes prior to Week 3 action. Prior to leaving the game on Sunday, he grabbed five passes for 36 yards. Having always been a consistent threat in the end zone, Johnson has disappointed early this season.
He's yet to find pay dirt.
If Johnson is indeed injured and needs a few weeks off, then owners should stash him and wait for him to return. Johnson is not a player who can simply be released and then replaced with someone from the waiver wire. After all, there's a reason most owners drafted him within the first three or four rounds on draft day.
Trading Johnson prior to this week would have been a move that would have been warranted by his 20 grabs and 222 yards. Selling him at a high point like that would have netted owners a decent running back in return. Trading him now would be foolish. Potentially coming off an injury-shortened game, Johnson's injury risk is huge.
He's had a history of injuries throughout his career, and other owners won't want to take the risk. Stash him at all costs, even if he misses significant time.