On Now
Coming Up
  • Tue., Sep. 16, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CDT Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet Texans offensive lineman Brandon Brooks and a TBD Texans player at the Verizon West Road Store, 10721 North Fwy., Houston, TX 77037.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

    Player(s) subject to change.

  • Tue., Sep. 16, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Player Signing at Academy Sports + Outdoors

    Meet Texans defensive back D.J. Swearinger at the Academy Sports + Outdoors located at 16610 US Hwy 59, Sugar Land, TX 77479.

    Player(s) subject to change.

  • Tue., Sep. 16, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Duane Brown Live at Houston Texans Grille Join Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown every Tuesday from 6-7pm at the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), then stay Texans Live from 7-8pm.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways
  • Fri., Sep. 19, 2014 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM CDT Texans Friday: Kolache Factory

    Friday, September 19

    7am-8am – Kolache Factory, 2715 Chimney Rock, Houston, TX 77056

    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get a FREE sausage & cheese kolache (1/person) for this hour at any area Kolache Factory

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures at this Kolache Factory location

  • Tue., Sep. 23, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Duane Brown Live at Houston Texans Grille Join Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown every Tuesday from 6-7pm at the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), then stay Texans Live from 7-8pm.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways
  • Fri., Sep. 26, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT Texans Friday: Jack in the Box

    Friday, September 26

    Noon-1pm – Jack in the Box, TBD

    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get 2 FREE Tacos or 1 Monster Taco (1/person) for this hour at this location

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures

  • Tue., Sep. 30, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Duane Brown Live at Houston Texans Grille Join Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown every Tuesday from 6-7pm at the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), then stay Texans Live from 7-8pm.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways
  • Fri., Oct. 03, 2014 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM CDT Texans Friday: Kolache Factory

    Friday, October 3

    7am-8am – Kolache Factory, 10705 Spring Green Blvd 900, Katy, TX 77494

    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get a FREE sausage & cheese kolache (1/person) for this hour at any area Kolache Factory

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures at this Kolache Factory location

  • Tue., Oct. 07, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Duane Brown Live at Houston Texans Grille Join Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown every Tuesday from 6-7pm at the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), then stay Texans Live from 7-8pm.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways
  • Thu., Oct. 09, 2014 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM CDT Texans Friday: Kolache Factory

    Thursday, October 9

    7am-8am – Kolache Factory, 14129 Memorial, Houston, TX 77079

    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get a FREE sausage & cheese kolache (1/person) for this hour at any area Kolache Factory

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures at this Kolache Factory location

News

Print
RSS

Wednesday notebook: Johnson says he’ll play, Jones optimistic

Posted Oct 13, 2010

The Texans had a long list of players sit out of practice on Wednesday, but Andre Johnson wasn't one of them. The All-Pro wide receiver says he will play in Week 6.


Injured Texans wide receivers Andre Johnson and Jacoby Jones are both optimistic about their chances of playing in Week 6.

Scratch that.

Johnson, who has been bothered by a high-ankle sprain but played against the Giants last Sunday, is more than optimistic. He’s sure.

“I’m fine; pretty much the same as last week,” Johnson said Wednesday. “I practiced today, went out and felt pretty good. I’m still doing rehab and stuff trying to keep my ankle strong and whatnot, but I’ll be out there playing on Sunday.”

Johnson was limited in practice on Wednesday. He wore an ankle brace, as he did on Sunday when he had five catches for 95 yards against New York.

“It definitely affects me a little bit when I’m trying to cut and things like that because the brace keeps your ankle very stable, so it’s something I’ve been trying to get used to,” he said. “But other than that, as far as me running, my speed or anything, it doesn’t limit me in any way.”

Jones-ing to play
Jones, who was inactive in Week 5 with a calf injury, was a little more guarded in his optimism about playing against the Chiefs. He didn’t participate in practice Wednesday but did run on the side, which Texans coach Gary Kubiak called “encouraging.”

“I’m like Wolverine, man,” Jones said. “Scale of 1-10, it’s off the scale. It feels that much better (this week)… I’m going to get out there tomorrow again and run on it and see what it feels like, and hopefully I’ll get the green light.”

After being asked if he is expecting to play on Sunday, Jones said, “I’m hoping. That’s what I’m pushing for.”

Long list of injuries
Asked about injuries after practice, Kubiak joked by asking the media how much time they had.

He then reeled off a list of injured players who didn’t participate in practice: defensive end Mario Williams (shoulder), linebacker DeMeco Ryans (groin), linebacker Brian Cushing (knee), cornerback Sherrick McManis (hamstring), Jones, linebacker Kevin Bentley (knee), guard Mike Brisiel (knee) and wide receiver Dorin Dickerson (knee).

“A lot of those guys I just mentioned are guys that are playing the 70 snaps a game,” Kubiak said. “We’ll see where we’re at tomorrow, but I thought it made sense today to just give them a break and get them as healthy as I can.”

Defensive end Jesse Nading (knee) was ruled out of this week’s game.

Improvement needed
The Texans’ normally dynamic special teams unit has struggled on kickoff returns this season. With running back Steve Slaton as the primary kick returner, the team’s longest kick return has been 33 yards. The Texans are averaging 19.0 yards per return, which ranks 29th in the league.

“I’m not happy with kick returns,” Kubiak said. “It’s been very poor. Are we going to change returners or anything? No. We need to block better. We need to return better. We all need to do something better, but it hasn’t been good enough. It has hurt us.”

Content on HoustonTexans.com does not necessarily represent the views of the Houston Texans front office staff, coaches or executives.