Andre Johnson injury reveals major concern
By The Sports Xchange
|Houston Texans' Andre Johnson scores a touchdown in Houston, Texas, January 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Ston
HOUSTON — The Texans received a gigantic scare on the second day of practice when receiver Andre Johnson left the field with a slight groin injury. More than 4,000 fans held their collective breath as a trainer rubbed Johnson’s right leg.
Coach Gary Kubiak said Johnson was removed from practice “as a precaution,” but considering the injuries Johnson has suffered the last two years, the team is worried.
In 2010, Johnson missed the last three games because of a knee injury. Last year, he missed nine games because of two hamstring injuries. During the offseason, he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, causing him to miss the OTAs and minicamp.
The biggest question mark in camp is the lack of experience among the key backup receivers - veteran Lestar Jean and rookies DeVier Posey and Keshawn Martin.
Jean (6-3, 212) played opposite starter Kevin Walter during the OTAs and minicamp. Jean was an undrafted free agent in 2011 who impressed the coaches in camp and preseason but spent his rookie year on injured reserve.
Jean has outstanding size and a good work ethic. He’s got good hands, works hard to improve his route running but has never made a catch in the NFL.
Posey (6-1, 206) was drafted in the third round after being suspended for 10 games last season at Ohio State. The coaches have raved about him since he reported for OTAs and minicamp. They like the way he works hard to learn, has been liked a sponge and has improved dramatically his route running.
Posey, who is a smaller version of Jean, also lacks an NFL reception. One thing the coaches like the most about him is his ability to get open over the middle and down the sideline.
Martin (5-11, 190) was a fourth-round pick. The coaches want him to do well enough to become the punt returner, but he also could be dangerous in the slot.
Martin explodes off the ball, runs crisp routes and is extremely quick when making his breaks. He also has good hands. He’s the third receiver without an NFL catch.
Barring injury, Jean, Posey and Martin will make the final roster. One should be the third receiver. And, if Johnson is injured in regular season, one will have to start opposite Walter.