|Andre Johnson could end up missing six weeks with the hamstring injury he suffered on Oct. 2. (US PRESSWIRE)|
Posted by Ryan Wilson
When Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson went down early in the Week 4 matchup against the Steelers, it looked bad. Like "blown-out knee and down for the season" bad. Turned out, Johnson suffered a hamstring injury which, depending on the severity, can keep a player sidelined anywhere from a week to a couple months.
Initial reports on Johnson's return ranged from "no idea" to "three weeks". Well, it's been 16 days since the injury -- and two weeks since Johnson underwent surgery -- but he's still uncertain about when he'll be back on the field.
“I’m headed in the right direction,” Johnson said during a Tuesday morning appearance on SportsRadio 610. “I just want it to heal faster. Right now it’s still weak; it’s not as strong as it use to be.”
That's bad news for the Texans, who won three of their first four games before dropping their last two. Also not helping: the team's best defensive player, Mario Williams, was placed on injured reserve last week with a torn pectoral muscle.
Johnson still can't run at full speed, which means that it's unlikely he'll play this weekend against division rival Tennessee. As for a timeframe, well, it'll definitely be longer than the three weeks he was hoping for.
“They say it could take up to six weeks at the most,” Johnson said. ”But I don’t think it will take me that long.”
According to CBSHouston, Johnson says the injury could've stemmed from a previous one he's dealt with for some time. He also suffered pain behind his knee, but the recent surgery to his hamstring has mitigated the knee pain.
While the Texans wait for their playmaker to return, quarterback Matt Schaub will have to rely on Kevin Walter, Jacoby Jones, Owen Daniels and just-acquired Derrick Mason, formerly of the Jets, Ravens and Titans.
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