Andre Johnson knows the perils of returning from injury too quickly, as that's exactly what he did earlier this year and that ended up costing him six games earlier in the year. With that in mind, the Houston Texans wide receiver is cautiously optimistic that he can be healthy in time to play during the final weeks of the regular season.
"If I had a choice, if everything works out and I was able to be healthy with regular season games left, I would like to play in a regular season game," Johnson said. "You want to have a game to get that rust off, so I would definitely play."
When healthy, Johnson has been among the best wide receivers in the NFL this season, averaging 78.5 receiving yards per game. The problem is that he's only played in six games, limiting him to just 31 catches, 471 yards and just two touchdowns.
Johnson has now hurt both of his hamstrings this season, which suggests the team could be even more cautious than normal with his recovery. Despite dealing with numerous injuries, the Texans have already clinched the AFC South and are currently tied for the best record in the AFC.
For more insight and analysis of Johnson's injury, be sure to check out Texans blog Battle Red Blog.