"Andre will not play, but he is doing wonderful and we should come out of the bye knowing that he’s back ready to go and be a part of our team as we go into those last six weeks," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said in remarks distributed by the team. "He’s doing really good, but the smart thing to do is to give him this extra time to rest. We got to continue to have some guys step up and take his place.”
When asked about the Jaguars game, Kubiak said he thinks Johnson will be ready.
“Yeah, I do, but let’s be honest, until he comes out here and starts practicing with the team, I think we don’t get ahead of ourselves there," Kubiak said. "But everything looks like he will be doing that. We’ll work him next week when we give the other guys a break and he should be ready to come going into the Jacksonville week.”
Johnson said he concurs with waiting to get him back on the field.
“I think it was a good decision," Johnson said. "Like I said, I think it’s probably the best decision because you don’t want nothing crazy to happen. I wasn’t able to practice with the team this week, but I still could go out and play football. I didn’t practice, so we felt the best thing was just to wait and go through the off week. I’ll be still here doing off-week working and doing routes and stuff like that and just shoot for the Jacksonville game.
"I should be ready the Jacksonville game. That’s the way I feel about it. Everything’s been going very positive this past week. Like I said yesterday, I haven’t been feeling the pulling feeling that was causing the pain and stuff, so hopefully I’ll continue not to feel it. I didn’t feel it today when I ran. I had another good day of work today. Like I said, it’s been very positive and we felt the best decision was for me not to play Sunday and just shoot for the Jacksonville game.”
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