Texans' Johnson could be game-time decision

The Houston Texans receiver Andre Johnson. (GETTY IMAGES)

The Houston Texans receiver Andre Johnson. (GETTY IMAGES)

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, Last Updated: 7:31 PM ET

HOUSTON - Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson was limited in practice again Thursday but could play for the first time in almost a month against Jacksonville on Sunday.

Johnson has been sidelined since suffering a right hamstring injury in a Week 4 game against Pittsburgh, which required minor surgery two days later.

Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Johnson practiced less than he normally would on a Thursday.

"We took another step forward, but I think we got to continue to look tomorrow and it's probably going to be a game-time decision," said Kubiak. "Like I said, we'll continue to listen to him."

Johnson said Thursday's practice was an improvement over Wednesday, when he also saw limited action. Although he was encouraged, he cautioned against being too optimistic about playing against the Jaguars.

"I felt a lot better at the beginning of practice, but not where I want to be," said Johnson. "Like I said, I just hope to keep getting better every day."

"I was encouraged," he added. "You're encouraged, but when you're not where you want to be, that's a little bit discouraging. I'm encouraged. I improved from where I was at yesterday, so that's a good thing."

Houston is 4-3 this season, but just 1-2 in the weeks since losing its top receiver.

Johnson had 25 catches for 352 yards and two touchdowns in the first four games this season. He has scored 52 touchdowns and racked up 9,516 receiving yards since 2003.


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