Following practice today, Texans head coach Gary Kubiak addressed Andre Johnson’s health and his quest to become the first player in NFL history to have three consecutive seasons with 1,500 receiving yards.
In terms of health, Kubiak said there hasn’t been much change since yesterday and that Johnson is still a game time decision.
“We’ll see where Andre’s at tomorrow,” said Kubiak. “It’ll probably still be a game-time decision. I don’t think he’ll do much (at practice tomorrow).”
Johnson has been bothered by a high ankle sprain since Week 2 and some weeks are better than others in terms of his get-along.
Friday update: For the latest on Andre, read this report by Nick Scurfield.
As far as the receiving record, I’m a bit alarmed that it’s getting so much attention.
Fantasy owners will howl at this notion (and some may rejoice) but it’s not worth the risk to expose Andre to any more than his normal workload, if that, especially with only two meaningless games remaining on the schedule.
The last thing you want to happen is a serious knee injury in late December. ACL injuries are never good but ACLs that happen late in December can carry significant impact into the following season. Wes Welker is one of the few exceptions to that rule.
Kubiak was asked today what it would mean if WR Andre Johnson could set that record.
“It would mean a great deal, but at the same time we got to be smart in what we’re doing with him,” Kubiak answered. “So, I’ll strictly listen to (Andre), but it has been on our mind.”
When I first saw these quotes come across Twitter this morning I was a bit disturbed because the part about ‘being smart with him’ was not included in the tweets coming out of Reliant Park. Not that I thought the Texans would get careless and go hell bent for some semi-meaningless record and target him 20 times on Sunday…..
Increasing Andre’s targets over the next two weeks, thereby increasing his risk of injury for the sole purpose of setting this record, would be incredibly stupid. Especially when Denver is the worst team against the run in the NFL.
Don’t jeopardize our best player’s health for a record that’s impressive but not all that significant in the big picture.
And to clarify, the Thursday quote transcription on the Texans website states the record incorrectly (twice). It states “what would it mean if WR Andre Johnson would become the first receiver in NFL with three 1,500 yard seasons.”
They need to insert the word ‘consecutive’ after the word ‘three’ in the transcription.
Jerry Rice gained over 1,500 receiving yards four times in a single season and Marvin Harrison did it three times. But neither had three consecutive seasons over 1,500.
Is the ‘consecutive’ thing really that big of a deal?
“I would like for it to happen,” said Johnson. “But if it’s not meant to happen then it won’t happen. I’d rather be playing to go to the playoffs than to be worried about getting 1,500 yards. Of course, you would love for it to happen.”
Surely they all know about the ‘consecutive’ thing, right?
Johnson has 1,216 receiving yards this season, meaning he needs to average 142 receiving yards in the Texans’ last two games to hit 1,500.
Johnson has hit the 142 mark only three times in 13 games this season.
Don’t push it Texans. It’s not worth it.
Kubiak and his staff may not be here next year but Andre (and we) will, and Texans fans would like to see #80 get out of this season in no worse shape than he is going into these next two meaningless games.
Having one of our players on the short list of the best to never appear in a playoff game is the record we really want to break.
quotes from houstontexans.com