Tag:Andre Johnson
Posted on: October 10, 2011 10:29 am
Edited on: October 10, 2011 4:46 pm

Mario Williams out for season with torn pectoral

Posted by Will Brinson

During Sunday's loss to Oakland, the Texans suffered a worse loss at defensive end, as defensive end Mario Williams will miss the remainder of the season with a torn pectoral muscle. Coach Gary Kubiak says Williams will go on injured reserve and undergo surgery, the Associated Press reported Monday.

Williams appeared to be hurt while sacking Jason Campbell with about five minutes left in the first quarter. He walked to the locker room on his own, and was on the sideline in the second half, wearing a T-shirt and shorts.

At the time, the team classified the injury as a strained pectoral muscle, but John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported earlier Monday that Williams will have surgery this week and miss the remainder of the year.

Late Sunday night, there was speculation that the Texans could lose Williams for the year and despite reports of Williams missing time "indefinitely", there's no longer hope that he can return and help the Texans in a playoff push.

Williams, who's had some pretty good success transitioning to an outside linebacker in Wade Phillips' 3-4 scheme, is in a contract season, but as our own Pete Prisco notes, will likely still get paid, given that he didn't blow out his knee or anything extreme.

"I'm not a doctor, so I don't know," coach Gary Kubiak said following Sunday's game. "I hate to answer that right now in the state of mind I'm in, so let's see what happens."

Brooks Reed, a rookie linebacker drafted in the second round out of Arizona, stepped in and filled Williams' big shoes, doing so pretty admirably.

"I think initially I got to say that he looked pretty impressive," Kubiak said. "Looked like he had some good rushes off the edge.  He went from playing 10, 12 plays, to all of a sudden he probably played 50 in the game.  It’s gonna be time for him to step up now, but that’s what he’s here for.  He’s been doing some good stuff."

The Texans seemed prenaturally blessed to roll their way to an AFC South title this season, based solely on the way the quarterback situations shook out for the Jaguars, Titans and Colts. Injuries to Arian Foster, Andre Johnson and now Williams might have Houston thinking otherwise, even if they're still (tied) on top of the division Monday morning.

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Posted on: October 9, 2011 11:41 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2011 11:43 pm

Texans could lose Mario Williams for season

WilliamsPosted by Josh Katzowitz

With the reinvention of the Texans defense under new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, Mario Williams was going to be the cornerstone with his new responsibilities as a hand-on-the-ground pass-rusher and a stand-up outside linebacker.

So far this season, Williams had been nasty, accumulating five sacks and helping the Texans to 3-1 start as Houston allowed 13 points or less in three of its four games. But after recording another sack Sunday against the Raiders on Sunday, Williams might have prematurely ended his season on the very next play.

That’s when he injured his pectoral muscle, and if, as some expect, it’s torn, the rest of Williams’ year is in doubt. According to the Houston Chronicle, Williams will undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of his injury.

Without Williams around on defense and without Andre Johnson around on an offense that was non-inspirational Sunday, the Texans allowed the Raiders to pull off the emotional victory. And if Williams is gone for a long period of time, how much will that affect the Texans defense? Who knows? At this point, we're not sure how bad the injury is.

"I'm not a doctor, so I don't know,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said after the game. “I hate to answer that right now in the state of mind I'm in, so let's see what happens."

Williams’ replacement, rookie Brooks Reed, played well, accumulating four tackles and two quarterback hurries. But when Williams left the game, it was also evident to the rest of the defense that a big void was missing.

"As the game is going on, you know, you start looking around and thinking, 'Where's Mario?'" safety Danieal Manning said. "I didn't know if he was OK, and I still don't know."

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Posted on: October 9, 2011 11:33 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2011 11:40 pm
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Posted on: October 7, 2011 4:28 pm

Andre Johnson wants to be back in two weeks

JohnsonPosted by Josh Katzowitz

It was a scary moment for Texans fans last Sunday when receiver Andre Johnson crumpled to the ground without being touched and immediately grabbed for his knee. It was a long wait, as well, before the team announced that it was a hamstring injury and not a knee that could threaten his season.

Those same fans can take heart with Johnson’s comments today.

In effect, he said, via the Houston Chronicle, that his sense is that he’ll only be out of action for two weeks and that his hamstring is feeling pretty swell right now.

Johnson underwent a minor procedure this week (it’s been rumored that it was platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections that promote faster healing), and though he’s in the middle of rehabbing his hamstring, he says he doesn’t feel any pain or soreness.

After he has his two stitches taken out, he’ll be ready to test out his leg.

“I wish I could go out there now and test it," Johnson said. "I'm walking and riding the bike and bending it, and I don't have any pain or soreness.

"Of all the procedures I've had done, this is the best I've felt after it. I'm pumped."

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Posted on: October 4, 2011 2:35 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2011 3:01 pm

Report: Andre Johnson could be out 3 weeks

On Monday, Gary Kubiak wasn't sure how long he'd be without Andre Johnson(US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

First, the good news: Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson didn't blow out his knee, which is exactly what appeared to happen when he went down in a heap, untouched, during the second quarter of the Pittsburgh-Houston game Sunday. Instead, Johnson was diagnosed with a hamstring injury.

On Monday, head coach Gary Kubiak admitted that the team didn't know how long Johnson would be out. A day later, reinforcing what CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman had already noted, ESPN's John Clayton said Johnson's "definitely gonna miss the Raiders game and probably two or three weeks after that. ... Probably three weeks."

If Clayton's right -- and at this point it's just a report -- that would mean that, in addition to the Week 5 matchup with the Raiders, Johnson would also miss the Ravens in Week 6 and the Titans in Week 7 (which must be a huge weight off Cortland Finnegan's mind).

A day ago, Kubiak couldn't specify just how long Johnson would be out.

"It's hard for me to give you an answer right now," Kubiak said Monday. "He's going to miss some time. I don't know if that's three or four days. I don't know if that's a few weeks.

"We're dealing with a hamstring — we know that. We're still in an evaluation process. We're going to get a couple different opinions over the course of the next two days. Once we get a better evaluation and see how he progresses over the next two days, I can probably answer your question better."

If Johnson can't go, wideouts Jacoby Jones, Kevin Walter. Bryant Johnson and David Anderson would all move up the depth chart. Of course, if Arian Foster continues to play like he did against the Steelers (he had 30 carries for 155 yards and a touchdown), the Texans won't have much need for a passing game.

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Posted on: October 3, 2011 8:13 pm

Kubiak not sure how long Johnson will be out

Andre JohnsonPosted by Josh Katzowitz

The most-watched hamstring in Houston these days is going to get a second opinion. Which is probably not good news for Texans receiver Andre Johnson, who injured his hamstring during Sundays’ win against the Steelers.

Texans coach Gary Kubiak said (via the Houston Chronicle) that Johnson is being evaluated and the team might not know for a while how long he’ll be missing in action. But as SI.com’s Will Carroll points out, “Second opinion on Andre Johnson's hamstring is very bad news. That's usually when someone hears something they don't like.”

"We're going to get a couple of different opinions over the next couple of days,” Kubiak said. “Obviously, it's a big concern going forward. We have to do what's best for Andre. He's going to miss some time. Right now, I don't know if that's three or four days or a few weeks."

The fact Kubiak didn’t say “a few months” at the end of his previous sentence might be good news. Or it might not mean anything considering he just admitted he doesn’t know how long Johnson will be out. But it sounds like it’s not a knee injury -- which obviously is good news.

And, if you really want to see that silver lining, the Texans still managed to beat the Steelers without Houston’s best player in the lineup.

"You don't replace Andre Johnson," Kubiak said. "Others have to pick it up the way they did Sunday. If he's going to miss some time, the other players will really have to stick up."

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Posted on: October 2, 2011 2:14 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2011 3:31 pm

Andre Johnson limps off with hamstring injury

Posted by Will Brinson

UPDATE (2:35 p.m. ET): Johnson's injury is a strained right hamstring according to CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman. Though that's not "good" it's certainly much better than what the injury appeared to be when it happened.

At Reliant Stadium on Sunday, Houston looked good early against the Steelers. But it wasn't all good news, as star Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson limped off the field with a right knee injury that he sustained without contact after catching a pass in the second quarter.

Johnson is currently in the locker room having his knee examined, and terrifying nature of non-contact knee injuries (torn ACL much?) looms large.

The Texans top receiver hadn't done too much damage to the Steelers, but he was leading the team with four catches for 36 yards at the time of his injury.

Here's a GIF of the injury, via Timothy Burke of Mocksession:

You can see pretty clearly that Johnson's knee buckles as he's making a cut, and that should be a very scary thought indeed.

Stick with our Texans-Steelers gametracker as well as our Texans Rapid Reports for the latest on Johnson's injury.

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Posted on: October 1, 2011 2:30 pm

Rob Ryan: Austin, Bryant are better than Megatron

Rob RyanPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Rex Ryan, we all know, is a great trash-talker, but usually, whatever he says has some degree of possibility, some basis in reality. If he says the Jets will win the Super Bowl, you shrug your shoulders and say, “OK, that’s not too outlandish, I suppose.” If he says he’s looking to kick Bill Belichick’s ass, you say, “Well, he’s done it before; maybe he could do it again.”

His brother, Rob Ryan, might be a different story. Since he took over the defensive coordinator position in Dallas, Rob Ryan has become a little more loquacious (well, that’s not necessarily true, but as compared to Cleveland, where he was the defensive coordinator before, more people are listening to him these days).

But when he says the following, it almost defies belief.

When talking about Lions receiver Calvin Johnson -- who will face the Cowboys on Sunday -- Ryan gave the standard remarks about how Johnson is a great receiver. But then he said this:

"We work against better receivers with Miles Austin and Dez Bryant,” Ryan said via the Dallas Morning News. “They are probably two of the premier receivers in football, but this guy is right there. He's almost that good. He's excellent."

OK, so let me get this straight. Calvin Johnson -- who leads the league with six touchdown catches -- is almost as good as Miles Austin and Dez Bryant? Seriously?

According to Ryan, yes, he is being serious.

“I know he's on some touchdown thing like that, whatever,” he said. “[Lions offensive coordinator] Scott Linehan has done this before with great receivers with Randy Moss. If the guy is as good as Randy Moss I'm going to go in there and hide. Thank God he's not, but he's a pretty [expletive] good player."

Man, I’m not sure even Austin and Bryant would say they’re better players than Johnson. Texans receiver Andre Johnson wouldn’t.

"I’m not the best," he said recently. "… There’s a lot of great guys out there, man. I’m a fan of the game. You look at … I’m a big fan of Calvin. Calvin Johnson. Right now, I would probably say he is the best."

I guess we’ll have to wait until this Sunday to see if Megatron compares favorably to Austin and Bryant. I have a feeling he just might.

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