Johnson practices, on track to play in finale


Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson practiced on Wednesday and is on track to play against the Tennessee Titans in Sunday's regular-season finale at Reliant Stadium.

Johnson has missed the last three games with a left hamstring injury. He missed six games earlier this season with a right hamstring injury.

"He looked pretty good," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Wednesday. "He got better as practice went on. I'm going to sit here and watch him and listen to him and listen to Kap (director of sports medicine/head athletic trainer Geoff Kaplan), but if today is any indication, we're well on our way to having him take some reps on Sunday. That is the goal."

The Texans would like for Johnson to play before the start of the postseason. Johnson said this week that he didn't feel like himself in his first game back from his initial hamstring injury, when he had two catches for 22 yards at Jacksonville in Week 12. He had four catches for 97 yards the following week against Atlanta before injuring his left hamstring late in the third quarter.

"If things keep going the way they're going, then maybe I'll get a few reps on Sunday," Johnson said. "I'm excited. I feel like I haven't played football all year. It'll be fun to get back out there and run around a little bit."

Johnson was named an alternate for the Pro Bowl on Tuesday despite playing in only six games this season. He has 31 catches for 471 yards (15.2 average) and two touchdowns.

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