Injury update: Johnson expected to play

Injury update: Johnson expected to play
September 18, 2013, 1:45 pm
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Andre Johnson is close to completing the NFL’s mandated concussion protocol.

Johnson is expected to practice with the team in pads on Thursday, which is the fifth and final step to pass the concussion protocol.

“Andre’s fine. He’s doing really good,” head coach Gary Kubiak said. “The expectations are for him to practice with his pads on and then that’s the last stage before you can move on to play again.”

Kubiak said from what he’s seen this week, it looks like Johnson will be able to play on Sunday against the Ravens.  

Brown’s toe
Duane Brown was the other Texan who didn’t practice on Wednesday.

The All-Pro left tackle is dealing with a bad case of turf toe. The team didn’t bring him to the field on Wednesday. Instead, they left him in the trainer’s room.

Kubiak said Brown will be an “end-of-the-week decision” and can play without practicing. If Brown can’t play, veteran swing tackle Ryan Harris will start.

Reed getting closer
Ed Reed took a full load of practice on Wednesday, the most he’s taken yet, Kubiak said.

Reed was a game-time decision on Sunday against the Titans but didn’t play. Kubiak said Reed told him he felt like he could play.

“We continue to move toward him playing but I still say it’s going to be an end-of-the-week decision,” Kubiak said. “So we’ll see how he comes out of this practice, how he comes out of tomorrow, but if the progression stays the same, then obviously we’re real close.”