In his first game off injured reserve, David Johnson made a quick cut and found the endzone for a six-yard touchdown. The six-year veteran back scored in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts after missing three games.
"Man, I felt great," Johnson said. "I was excited. It's been a long time. It felt like forever that I was on IR and not being with the team and just spectating. It felt good, especially since I was able to get that touchdown. It felt good just being back with the boys, being back with the team and playing the game that I love."
The Texans activated Johnson's 21-day practice window last week and activated him to the 53-man roster on Saturday. Johnson, who suffered a concussion in Week 9 at Jacksonville, returned to action against the Colts, averaging 4.4 yards per attempt and finishing with ten carries for 44 yards and a touchdown.
In recent weeks, the Texans relied on Duke Johnson and a heavy dose of Deshaun Watson running the ball while David Johnson was out. Five-year veteran C.J. Prosise, activated from the practice squad last month, has also been used in relief, but he was ruled out for Sunday's game with a non-COVID illness.
Interim head coach Romeo Crennel said David Johnson's workload was still limited in his return, but is optimistic about ramping him up in the weeks to come.
"He had a couple of nice runs in the course of the game and I think that next week he'll probably have more than he had this week," Crennel said. "I think he's still a good football player for us."
The Houston Texans will travel to Chicago to face the Bears in Week 14. Sunday's kickoff is set for noon CT on CBS, the Houston Texans mobile app and SportsRadio 610.