WR Andre Johnson - Houston Texans
|6-2, 221||Born: 7-11-1981||College: Miami||Drafted: Round 1, pick 3|
He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Dec 15): Johnson was unable to practice Wednesday or Thursday last week due to his concusson/post-concussion woes, he was limited on Friday, and he was inactive on Sunday after being listed as questionable to play on Friday.
General News (Fri Dec 19): did not practice on Friday (he was excused) but is still expected to play this week.
General News (Thu Dec 18): practiced fully on Thursday. Johnson has cleared the leagues concussion protocol and will play in the team's Week 16 game.
General News (Wed Dec 17): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.
General News (Tue Dec 16): is looking good and is expected to play in Week 16 against the Baltimore Ravens, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.
Week 16: vs Baltimore Ravens
Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. The Texans have now lost their top three quarterbacks for the season (Ryan Fitzpatrick, broken leg; Ryan Mallett, shoulder injury; Tom Savage, knee injury), leaving either Thad Lewis, a part-time starter for Buffalo last year, (115/189 for 1,296 yards passing, five TDs and four interceptions during his NFL career so far) or Case Keenum (137/253 for 1,760 yards passing, nine TDs and six interceptions thrown so far over eight appearances with the Texans during 2013) as the starting quarterback this week. Keenum was signed off the St. Louis practice squad (he was cut by Houston during training camp on the final cut-down day, but he has been in Houston, as noted above, and knows their offensive system). Look for either Keenum or Lewis (whichever starts after this week's practices - stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News for the latest developments at the quarterback position in Houston this week) to face a lot of pass pressure/blitzes as the Ravens will likely dare the journeyman quarterback to beat them by passing the football, and endeavor to shut down running lanes/created pass pressure by stacking the box with eight men often this weekend. When Keenum was in and playing well last season, he favored Andre Johnson heavily - Johnson is said to be expected back from his concussion for this game as of Monday, so if Johnson can go he might get a large number of targets from Keenum (assuming Keenum gets the nod). There is a lot of factors up in the air for Houston as of mid-week, as you can see. The Ravens' pass D is ranked 30th in the NFL in net yards allowed per week (259.9) despite boasting 45 sacks this season (third in the NFL). They've given up 21 passing scores to date vs. just nine interceptions generated (tied for 25th in the NFL). Blake Bortles was sacked eight times for -63 yards last week (throwing 22/38 for 166 net yards, zero TDs and one interception), while two games ago Ryan Tannehill was sacked six times for -41 yards (and eked out 23/33 for 186 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions). This is likely to be a bad week for fantasy players from Houston.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 13 vs TEN (11 / 7 / 53 / 1 rec)
A back corner of the end zone grab saved what otherwise would have been a dreadful fantasy day for Johnson. Johnson almost turned the tide of the game early in the third quarter when the play after the Texans intercepted an errant Jake Locker pass, Johnson fumbled a WR screen which was returned for a TD. NFL Media's Ian Rappaport was obviously correct when he reported Johnson was happy when Fitzpatrick was benched as Johnson was visibly lacking in his normal effort on the field. Johnson will be the Texans' first Hall of Fame inductee some day, but this season has possibly been his breaking point of playing with bad quarterbacks. Fitzpatrick joins the list of David Carr, Sage Rosenfels, Dave Ragone, Matt Schaub, Case Keenum, and TJ Yates. Until Johnson gets out of his funk, he is likely not to be trusted in a role other than a WR3 or a flex.
2014 Week 14 vs JAX (4 / 4 / 17 / 0 rec)
Johnson had a short day Sunday after he suffered a concussion in the second quarter. Johnson was 4 receptions short of 1,000, which if he was able to get those in this game he would have tied Marvin Harrison as the fastest receiver to achieve that milestone. Before his injury, Johnson looked good but not great as he has all season. A reception for a loss of 5 yards did no help his yards per catch average, but even without that loss Johnson continued the inability to be explosive in O'Brien's offense. For dynasty league owners, this is bordering on concerning. Johnson is owed a ton of money over the next two years, and while it is unlikely Texans owner Bob McNair will allow Johnson to end his Hall of Fame career elsewhere, it is becoming possible that the Texans could cut Johnson to save some valuable cap room. Unlikely, but something to monitor. Keyshawn Martin filled in for Johnson after his injury Sunday, and would likely start in his stead if Johnson was unable to go next week. Martin is not even worth a speculative add.
Latest NewsTexans | Andre Johnson probable (Fri Dec 19, 04:09 PM) - Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (concussion) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 19, and is probable for Week 16. Our View: If Case Keenum starts, Johnson could have a revival, as the two combined for two multi-TD games last year. Baltimore's secondary is also an issue with more than one street free agent on the field.
link to story Texans | Andre Johnson puts in full practice (Thu Dec 18, 05:44 PM) - Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (concussion) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 18, after being limited Wednesday, Dec. 17. Our View: It's been a long time since Johnson has been a factor, partially due to age and partially due to the fact that his quarterbacks are awful. That makes him a steady WR4 but not much else.
link to story Texans | Andre Johnson will play in Week 16 (Thu Dec 18, 12:38 PM) - Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (concussion) has cleared the leagues concussion protocol and will play in the team's Week 16 game. Our View: With the insanity at quarterback (Case Keenum, really?), the matchup and Johnson's age, Johnson's production is a shadow of its old self. We see him as a high-end WR3, nothing more.
link to story Texans | Andre Johnson has connection with backups (Wed Dec 17, 04:43 PM) - Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson has a pretty good connection with both QBs Thaddeus Lewis and Case Keenum, who will be battling for the start in Week 16 against the Baltimore Ravens. Lewis was coached by head coach Bill O'Brien back in college, and Lewis also worked with Johnson in the offseason in South Florida. Our View: Keenum connected with Johnson for five touchdown passes last year (including three in one game), and Johnson likes Keenum's approach at the QB position.
link to story Texans | Andre Johnson limited (Wed Dec 17, 04:39 PM) - Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson (concussion) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 17. Our View: It looks like Johnson is going to be back this week. Watch to see if he can practice fully by Friday at the latest.
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