Updates from Thursday, Aug. 21
James Foster of CSN reports Johnson's status for Thursday's practice:
It's a light practice today, but Joseph, Cushing, Foster, Johnson all are dressed. No word on if any play Saturday. Ask after practice— James Palmer (@JPalmerCSN) August 21, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 20
Brian Smith of the Houston Chronicle has the latest on Johnson:
But Arian Foster, Andre Johnson and Brian Cushing were among those who increased their activity Tuesday, during the first of three joint practices between the Texans and Broncos. Foster often ran with the Texans’ first team and displayed his normal acceleration, while Johnson and Cushing saw some first-team activity.
“They practiced more than they had and it’s a good sign for our football team,” O’Brien said.
Johnson, Cushing and Joseph said being healthy for Week 1 against the Washington Redskins is much more important than taking the field for the Texans’ third preseason game. All players acknowledged they’d like to see some exhibition action, though. Joseph plans to be active Week 1.
Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 13
CSN Houston's Dave Zangaro provides an update on Andre Johnson's status:
Arian, Andre and Cushing haven't been ruled out for Saturday, O'Brien said.— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaro) August 13, 2014
Johnson also spoke about his recovery with John McClain of the Houston Chronicle:
“Its good to be back out here with my teammates running around,” Johnson said. “I was able to do things full speed.”
“It was just being careful about the way they work me back in,” he said.
Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle notes that Johnson is taking part in drills:
Foster, Johnson going through all early drills.— Brian T. Smith (@ChronBrianSmith) August 13, 2014
Zangaro has the latest news on Johnson:
Andre Johnson in pads, ready to practice today. #Texans— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaro) August 13, 2014
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle notes the importance Johnson and the Texans' other injured stars hold on the roster:
Having Foster, Johnson and Cushing at practice will give Texans a huge lift. They need it after so much negativity after Cards loss.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) August 13, 2014
Updates from Monday, Aug. 11
James Palmer of CSNHouston.com provides a synopsis of Andre Johnson discussing his recovery:
Andre Johnson said he thinks he'll get plenty of game play in before the start of the season. Said doesn't know if he'll play Saturday.— James Palmer (@JPalmerCSN) August 11, 2014
The Texans also provided a statement from head coach Bill O'Brien discussing Johnson's status:
'I've spoken to both those guys & they're doing better. Seems like they improved & hopefully they'll be back this week." on Foster & Johnson— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) August 11, 2014
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 10
Deepi Sidhu of HoustanTexans.com provides an update on Andre Johnson's status from Texans head coach Bill O'Brien:
"There's a shot," O'Brien says when asked about Andre Johnson and Arian Foster returning for Preseason Week 2. #Texans— Deepi Sidhu (@DeepSlant) August 10, 2014
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 7
Dave Zangaro of CSN Houston updated Andre Johnson's status for the Texans' first preseason game:
Arian Foster and Andre Johnson aren't going to play on Saturday, O'Brien said. #Texans— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaro) August 7, 2014
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 3
Dave Zangaro of CSN Houston talked to Andre Johnson about his injured hamstring:
"I would hope to." -- Andre Johnson on playing in first preseason game. Said he'll do what's best for team, though.— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaro) August 3, 2014
Updates from Saturday, Aug. 2
James Palmer of CSN Houston has the latest on Andre Johnson:
Andre Johnson not suited up for practice today. 4th day in a row now. O'Brien not rushing him back.— James Palmer (@JPalmerCSN) August 2, 2014
Updates from Friday, Aug. 1
James Palmer of CSN Houston has the latest update on Andre Johnson's practice status:
Arian Foster and Andre Johnson both not dressed again. Johnson 3 practices in a row, Foster went one day in pads so far it was limited.— James Palmer (@JPalmerCSN) August 1, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, July 30
Dave Zangaro of CSN Houston has the latest on Andre Johnson:
Andre Johnson still not dressed. Won't practice today. #Texans— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaro) July 30, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, July 29
Tania Ganguli of ESPN reported on Andre Johnson's injured hamstring:
While saying he wasn't worried about it, Andre Johnson said on Monday the most important thing for him going forward was to take care of the hamstring that tightened up when he made a diving catch during practice.
Today, that meant one more day without Johnson on the field. Running back Arian Foster also missed practice, which marks two-and-a half consecutive morning practices he's missed. Foster missed the final hour of Sunday's morning training camp practice and then missed Monday's altogether.
Andre Johnson ended his two-month holdout by reporting to the start of training camp, but it didn't take long for him to return back to the sidelines.
Of course, this is a time for teams to proceed with caution, especially when it comes to veterans who have 11 seasons under their belt, and that's more than likely what's going on here. Both Johnson and head coach Bill O'Brien downplayed the injury.
“I don’t know (if I will be limited). We’ll see what happens,” Johnson said. “Like I said, it’s nothing that I’m seriously (worried about). Anytime you get a nick or anything, you know, you worry about it.”
Still, this is at least something worth paying attention to. Johnson skipped all offseason workouts, and this could certainly be a negative effect from that. Moreover, the Texans' depth at wide receiver is iffy at best. DeAndre Hopkins has the look of a future star, but backups Keshawn Martin and DeVier Posey combined for just 37 receptions last season.
Pro Football Focus' Mike Clay noted the problem back when there was talk of the 33-year-old being traded:
Real problem with Texans* trading AJ is their lack of WR depth. Nuk can be a 1, but not a lock to pan out. Rest: Posey/Martin/Bonner/Thomas— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) July 10, 2014
Johnson, who has a silly 221 catches and 3,005 yards over the past two seasons, is needed healthy if the Texans are going to rebound from a miserable 2013 season. Fortunately, this injury sounds very minor.