Friday notebook: Johnson expected to miss season finale


Wide receiver Andre Johnson is expected to miss the Texans' season finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Johnson did not practice all week because of his sprained right ankle. He is listed as doubtful on the official injury report.

"Obviously, it looks like he'll be down," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said on Friday. "He won't go unless... something would have to drastically change."

Johnson also missed last week's game against the Denver Broncos. It was only the second time he sat out since suffering a high-ankle sprain in Week 2.

"The biggest thing was just being smart about the situation," Johnson said. "The best thing I felt was for me not to be out there to have something else bad happen or me re-injure the ankle like I've been doing the whole season. That's pretty much it."

Almost historyIt looks like Johnson will finish the season with 86 catches, 1,216 yards and eight touchdowns in 13 games. He'll end up 284 yards shy of becoming the first receiver in NFL history with 1,500 yards in three consecutive seasons.

"I really didn't put much thought into that," Johnson said. "I don't really go into a game saying, 'I want to have this many yards.' I just kind of let the game come to me, and then when I see the stats at the end, I'd rather have it be a surprise to me. I'm not mad about it. I think I went out and did the best with the opportunities I had this season."

Johnson essentially was playing on one foot for most of the season.

"I know it's been hard on him all year long and I just appreciate what he did throughout this season," Kubiak said. "I think it was amazing, and I think it's stuff that you're not going to realize 'til probably 10 or 15 years from now. Really a special player and a special person, and he needs to get healthy. He's got a lot of great years ahead of him."

Jaguars downJaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (knee), linebacker Justin Durant (groin) and tight end Zach Miller (concussion) were ruled out of Sunday's game on Friday.

Jones-Drew ranks fourth in the NFL with 1,324 rushing yards. He had 100 yards and two touchdowns against the Texans in Week 10. Miller had four catches for 79 yards in that game, including a 52-yard touchdown.

Durant has started nine games this season at outside linebacker, including each of the last five.

Final practiceFriday's workout was the Texans' final practice of the season. Despite their 5-10 record, Kubiak is pleased with the way his team has prepared for the season finale.

"We practiced well," Kubiak said. "We just really had walkthroughs. Obviously, we are down numbers-wise and are trying to get them fresh and ready to play, but we have practiced well this week and I expect us to come out and play well this Sunday."

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