Andre Johnson ‘officially’ suffers a concussion
Sep 15, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (80) catches a pass over Tennessee Titans cornerback Jason McCourty (30) during the second half at Reliant Stadium. The Texans won 30-24. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said Monday that wide receiver Andre Johnson did officially suffer a concussion during Sunday’s 30-24 overtime win against the Tennessee Titans.
The injury occurred on the fourth quarter, and Kubiak spoke about the current situation regarding the Texans’ No. 1 wide receiver.
“He did have a concussion and he’s obviously in the protocol,” Kubiak said duning his press conference. “He’s doing great (Monday).”
Following two games this season Johnson has 20 receptions for 222 yards (11.1 yards per catch) and zero touchdowns. Of his 222 yards, he garnered 146 of them in Week 1 against the San Diego Chargers.
Kubiak is unsure if Johnson will play at Baltimore (1-1) this week when the Ravens host the 2-0 Texans. It is a wait and see process.
“I think obviously it will be an end of the week decision because he’s got to go through the process,” Kubiak said. “I think, after the game talking to him and seeing where he’s at (Monday), obviously he’s doing really well. I would expect the progress to go pretty quickly if it goes like it has the last 24 hours.”
If the Texans have to play without the services of Johnson, that will be tough on the Texans’ offense in a lot of ways.
For example, that would force rookie DeAndre Hopkins to become the No. 1 option in a game for the Texans, where he would also draw No. 1 type defensive coverage for the first time in his short NFL career.
This would also force the running game to get even more involved if Johnson is unable to take the field against the defending Super Bowl champions. Plus, not having a veteran on the field like Johnson, not just the passing game, but the overall function of the Texans’ offense will make a big difference, because wide receivers like Johnson don’t came around too often.
Either way it will be interesting to see how Johnson medically recovers from his concussion and hope the Texans react on the field with or without Johnson this Sunday in Baltimore.