Andre Johnson went down with a hamstring injury after catching his fourth pass of the day on Sunday. At that point in the game, the Texans were up 7-0, and thanks to an impressive defensive performance, Houston was able to hold on for the W without Johnson. The final score read 17-10, giving the Texans their third win of the season, but victories may be hard to come by in the next few weeks.
If Johnson misses playing time, his injury couldn’t have come at much worse of a time this regular season. Houston’s next three games are up against the Oakland Raiders, Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans. Without Johnson, those three teams will be tough to beat.
Matt Schaub has no one else to throw to on the outside. Jacoby Jones has failed to emerge as a respectable receiver, and Kevin Walter is a mediocre talent. Tight ends Owen Daniels and James Casey have been Schaub’s two best receiving options not named Andre Johnson.
Luckily for the Texans, they have two stud running backs in Arian Foster and Ben Tate to carry the offensive workload. After giving up 40 points to the New Orleans Saints, Houston’s defense also looks improved after holding Pittsburgh to just 10. Houston’s next three games are winnable, but without the best wide receiver in the league, not Calvin, but Andre Johnson, a 2-1 record would be a gift from above.
The fact that he just injured a hamstring, though, is a gift in itself. After going down untouched, it looked like Johnson could’ve sustained a knee injury. Torn ACLs have been as frequent as ever this season in the NFL, and news that Johnson’s knee is perfectly fine brings a sigh of relief for Texans’ fans.
David Daniels is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report and a Syndicated Writer. Follow him on Twitter.