Houston Texans No. 1 receiver Andre Johnson left last week’s game late with a concussion after absorbing a hit from Tennessee Titans safety Bernard Pollard (last team was the Baltimore Ravens, and he played for the Texans as well), but the concussion is thankfully not severe. DeAndre Hopkins stepped up big-time in Johnson’s place, and the uber-talented rookie receiver was crucial in the Texans overtime win and looks every bit as good as the Texans were hoping him to be.
According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, Texans head coach Gary Kubiak stated that Andre Johnson “should be ready to go”, and I don’t anticipate Johnson missing what is arguably the biggest game of the week. This game could have playoff ramifications down the road for both sides, and Johnson’s recovery has gone well thus far. It has never seemed like Johnson’s status would be in doubt, and Kubiak’s statement has me convinced that we’ll see him in Week 3. To this point, Johnson has been an absolute monster with 20 receptions for 222 yards. The Texans have constantly been throwing it his way, too.
What slowing down? Johnson just keeps on trucking, and having a legitimate No. 2 receiver opposite of him has had huge results thus far. Johnson’s recovery from the relatively minor concussion has been great, and, barring any setbacks, the Ravens will have to try and contain one of the game’s elite wideouts next week.
Their star pass rushers may not have to face Texans elite left tackle Duane Brown, though, as Kubiak stated that he is a game-time decison with a toe injury.