Texans vs. Rams: Friday injury report; Johnson on injury, offense


Oct 6, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (80) is unable to make a catch in the end zone next to San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown (25) in the third quarter at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Texans 34-3. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

One player on the Houston Texans’ Friday injury report is listed as out, and two more are listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams in Houston.

Listed as out with a hamstring injury is inside linebacker Tim Dobbins, as he did not practice Friday. On the questionable side are wide receivers Andre Johnson and Keshawn Martin.

Johnson was limited in Friday’s practice with his shin injury, as was Martin, who has a shoulder injury.

The No. 1 wide receiver told the Houston media Friday about if he’ll play this Sunday against the Rams:

“I’m doing good. I went through practice, I felt well (and) I’m feeling fine,” Johnson said. “Yeah. I don’t see why not.”

He (Johnson) spoke on how the injury has lingered.

“To be honest, I didn’t think it would be around this long, but it’s part of it,” he said. “I had a lot of fluid on the shin, and with the muscle not being that big, it’s hard to absorb all of that fluid.

“That’s what is slowing down the healing process because I’ve had a lot of fluid there. Other than that, like I said, I felt fine today. I felt better than I’ve felt the past two weeks. Hopefully, it’ll keep healing.”

There were 17 Texans players listed on the probable list, with seven of those 17 players being limited Friday.

Not on the injured list, but on the injured receiver list for the next eight weeks, is starting tight end Owen Daniels. With Daniels unable to play, Johnson was asked if he feels he has to shoulder more of the load offensively.

“You just go out and play,” he said. “You can’t replace a guy like that. He’s made a lot of plays for us over the years. It’s sad to see what happened to him.

“Everybody has to step their play up, not just me. Everybody has to step their play up all around the board and just pick up the slack for him.”

The question and response that draws interest was when Johnson was asked if the offense has been predictable the last couple weeks.

“I don’t know. It’s something you think about after what teams have been doing to us over the past few weeks. I don’t know,” Johnson said. “Maybe it’s something they may have seen on film or something, but like I said, this is a new week. Everything that has happened in the past is behind us, and we’re just moving forward.”

Johnson never said yes or no, but reading into that response … I’ll just let you all come to own conclusions.

The Texans and Rams kickoff at 1 p.m. EST on FOX.