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Johnson day-to-day with ankle sprain


An MRI on Monday morning brought good news for the Texans and wide receiver Andre Johnson, who suffered an ankle injury on Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

"Andre has got an ankle sprain, a mild ankle sprain," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. "He'll be day-to-day throughout the week, but I think we feel better about it probably today than we did yesterday coming out of the game. He'll be day-to-day as we head into the weekend."

Johnson's injury looked to be more serious when it forced him to leave Sunday's game late in the third quarter. He had to get his ankle taped twice and visit the locker room with the Texans' medical staff before he could convince Kubiak that he was healthy enough to go back in the game. He then made the game-tying 34-yard touchdown catch with 2:03 remaining in the fourth quarter.

After the game, Johnson was optimistic about the extent of his injury.

"I don't think it's anything real bad because the ankle didn't swell up on me," he said Sunday. "I played on it, so I think I should be fine for next week."

Tight end James Casey, the backup to Owen Daniels and Joel Dreessen, also had an MRI done on his ankle on Monday morning. Kubiak termed Casey's injury as a "more-than-mild ankle sprain."

"James' is a little bit more severe, but they're both going to be fine," he said. "It looks like James has got maybe a little longer road back than Andre."

The Texans are otherwise in good health aside from general bumps and bruises from their 30-27 overtime victory against the Redskins. Kubiak said that quarterback Matt Schaub and fullback Vonta Leach are "beat up a little bit," but both will ready to play against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 3.

Schaub was sacked five times on Sunday but threw for a team-record 497 yards, including 332 in the second half.

"We busted a few protections," Kubiak said. "He went down more than we want him to go down from that standpoint, too many sacks, but he never got frustrated and really manned up late in the game. They came after him many times. He stood in there and made some great plays. We've just kind of come to expect that out of him, but it was a really gutsy performance on his behalf."

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