Johnson: 'I'll be out there'
Andre Johnson, who has been dealing with a shin injury, said he’s going to play on Sunday against the Rams at Reliant Stadium.
“I’m doing good,” Johnson said. “I went through practice, I felt well. Feeling fine. Yeah. I don’t see why not.”
Johnson suffered the shin injury in the second quarter against the Ravens on Sept. 22 and he’s been dealing with it ever since. He said Friday was the best it has felt since he injured it. This week he did more work on the stationary bike and running in the pool.
“I don’t know,” Johnson said when asked if he expected to injury to linger for a while. “To be honest, I didn’t think it would be around this long. But it’s part of it. I had a lot of fluid on the shin and the muscle not being that big, it’s hard to absorb all that fluid. That’s what has slowed down the healing process, because I’ve had a lot of fluid there. Other than that, I felt fine today. I felt better than I felt the past two weeks, so hopefully it’ll keep heading in the right direction.”
Johnson said the fluid is building up around the injury on the side of his shin. It’s not in a spot where it can be drained, so he just has to let it absorb. The training staff has given him anti-inflammatories also. He said he was surprised to see how big his shin was the day after the game against the Seahawks.
When Johnson went back and watched film of the game against the 49ers, he noticed that the injury did hinder his ability.
“After watching the game last week, at times you could see I was dragging my leg, trying to run and stuff like that,” he said. “But today I did it in practice and I felt like I got my range and motion and stuff back. It’s the best I’ve felt so far since I’ve had the injury. So I’ll be out there.”
Head coach Gary Kubiak said it does concern him that Johnson might have been dragging his leg. He said it’s the team’s responsibility to protect players who might not be able to protect themselves on the field.
Kubiak also said Johnson was a game-time decision. Then, he was informed Johnson said he was going to play.
“Did he?” Kubiak said. “I like that.”
Johnson hasn’t missed a game this season, even after suffering a concussion (he cleared the protocol) and dealing with this shin injury.
“Yeah, he’s been that way ever since I’ve been with him… If he can get there, he’s going to get there for you as a coach and as a teammate,” Kubiak said. “I know his leg has not felt good. He’s played really nicked up for us the last two weeks. It’s probably not going to feel real good Sunday but he always gives it up for his teammates.”
Keshawn Martin is a game-time decision with a shoulder injury but he said he thinks he'll be able to play.
Tim Dobbins was the only Texan who didn't practice. He's also the only player on either team who is ruled out for Sunday's game.
Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan is doubtful for the game. Johnson and Finnegan have a history. The two got into an on-field fight in 2010. Johnson said he didn't really care if Finnegan played or not and added that the incident is in the past.