Johnson a no-show at Texans' Day 1 of OTAs

Johnson a no-show at Texans' Day 1 of OTAs
May 27, 2014, 4:45 pm
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Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (80) makes a reception during the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Reliant Stadium.

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As expected, Andre Johnson was a no-show at Day 1 of Texans' OTAs.

The veteran wide receiver previously said he wasn't planning on attending OTAs or the mandatory minicamp in June. OTAs are voluntary but the Texans had near-perfect attendance; Xavier Su'a-Filo was the only other player not in attendance (he was at his graduation from UCLA). 

"We’d love to have him here right now but that’s up to him," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "And so we’re moving forward with the players that are here and these guys that are here are working extremely hard. And that’s where it’s at."

Johnson, after a dreadful 2-14 season for the club in 2013, is tired of losing and recently voiced his frustration. Johnson was drafted third-overall in 2003 and has been to the playoffs twice and has had just three winning seasons.

But Johnson has done his part. He's on his way to a possible Hall-of-Fame career. He's one of just two players in NFL history with four seasons with 1,400 yards and 100 receptions. He's also been to seven Pro Bowls.

Johnson's teammates said last week that his absence would not be a distraction.

After practice on Tuesday, when asked if the veterans have been talking about Johnson's absence, J.J. Watt chose not to answer the question, instead saying this: "I’m just out here working hard and doing my job and trying to be a good teammate."

The Texans have two more days of OTAs this week, three next week and four the following. After that, they have a mandatory minicamp the next week. Speaking at a charity event earlier this month, Johnson said he didn't plan on attending any of them but said he has been talking with head coach O'Brien.

O'Brien said again on Tuesday that he has had positive talks with Johnson and that he has a "ton of respect for him."

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