The Texans have lost quarterback Matt Schaub for the foreseeable future, if not the rest of the season. But it’s not all bad news at Reliant Stadium this week.
On Tuesday, All-Pro wide receiver Andre Johnson made it clearer than ever that he will return in Week 12 to face the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“I feel like I’m ready,” Johnson said. “Right now, I have no doubt that I’ll be out on the field next Sunday. I plan on playing.”
Johnson has missed the last six games with a hamstring injury after having a surgical procedure on Oct. 4. He has played in only four games this season but still ranks third on the team in catches (25) and receiving yards (352). He’s tied for sixth in the NFL with 88.0 receiving yards per game; the next-closest Texan is tight end Owen Daniels at 55.6.
Matt Leinart will now be throwing to Johnson instead of Schaub, who has helped Johnson average 95.9 receiving yards per game since 2007 (he averaged 64.8 from 2003-06). Johnson and Leinart have never played in a game together, including preseason, but Johnson expressed plenty of confidence in Leinart on Tuesday.
Not surprisingly, Leinart is excited about adding Johnson to an offense that ranks eighth in the NFL despite his six-game absence.
“Everyone has made plays, every single body on this offense,” Leinart said. “The offensive line is blocking for the pass and run game, all the receivers, tight ends, all the backs. It’s a great offense to be a part of, and now we get the best receiver in the NFL back, which is awesome to have, especially how we’ve been playing the last three or four weeks. That’s going to be great.”
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