Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said Wednesday that WR Andre Johnson's playing status for Sunday's game at Oakland will be a "game-time decision," according to the club. Johnson did not practice Wednesday.
Johnson suffered a right ankle injury Week Two at Washington and re-injured the ankle on Sunday vs. Dallas. Johnson returned to both games. According to the team's Web site, the injury is a high ankle sprain.
Johnson, 29, has caught 19 passes for 255 yards and one TD this season.
The way we see it
The Raiders have largely held Johnson in check in the past three games he has played against them, though he did have a 62-yard reception in a win vs. the Raiders a season ago. Take out that 62-yard catch, and Johnsn has just four receptions for 32 yards in three games against Oakland since 2006.
However, there is no doubting the importance of Johnson's impact on the Texans' offense, even if he's playing on an injured ankle and he is facing a top competitor like Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha. Johnson is one of the game's best receivers, and he must be accounted for at all times.
In short, if he's out, the Texans' offense loses its most important receiver, and the attack, while still strong, becomes easier to defend.