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Johnson leaning toward sitting out of Pro Bowl

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 28, 2010 – 8:00 pm

Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson was named a starter for the 2011 Pro Bowl on Tuesday, but he’s not sure if he’ll be able to play in the Jan. 30 all-star game in Honolulu.

Johnson was inactive against the Broncos on Sunday because of an ankle injury, and it’s unclear whether he’ll be available for the Texans’ upcoming season finale against the Jaguars. He will not participate in practice this week.

“I still have an evaluation to get from the doctor, and once I get my final evaluation, then I’ll decide from there,” Johnson said about his availability for the Pro Bowl.

Last Friday, Johnson revealed that the high-ankle sprain that has bothered him since Week 2 had gotten worse, leading to pain around his Achilles tendon. He expects to have his ankle evaluated again within the next few weeks.

“(The doctor) wanted my ankle to calm down a little bit because I have been banging it up for most of the season,” Johnson said. “Maybe right after the season sometime, I’ll get it looked at again.”

Johnson was asked on Tuesday if a part of him wants to play it safe and skip the Pro Bowl to avoid risking further injury.

“More than likely, I’m kind of leaning that way,” he said. “But like I said, once I go through the evaluation from the doctor, then I could make a final decision.”


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