Andre Johnson, the Houston Texans wide receiver who has missed the Texans last three games with a hamstring injury, could return to game action this weekend against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
But a differing level of optimism from Johnson himself than his coach still leaves doubt as to whether he'll suit up. Johnson told The Houston Chronicle on Wednesday that despite practicing Wednesday, he didn't feel as great as he looked on the field.
I just went out and did a little bit in practice today to see how I feel, Johnson told the paper. I wouldn't say I felt great. I didn't feel how I expected I would feel, but I was able to go out and make a few plays. We just keep taking it one day at a time.
If I feel the way I feel today, I probably won't play Sunday, but today is not Sunday, Johnson said, because it was Wednesday. We still have some days ahead of us that we have to work through.
That was a different tone than his coach, Gary Kubiak, took, albeit before practice began.
He's doing really well, Kubiak said in a conference call with Jaguars reporters. He'll hit the practice field today and we'll monitor his work through the week, and we'll work toward game day. He's got a chance, and so we just have to see how he responds getting back out there with the football team at practices this week.
After practice on Wednesday, Kubiak said Johnson would ultimately have to make the decision based on how he feels Sunday, so he'll be a game-time call.
I'm going to listen to him, Kubiak said. And we've got a long way to go this season, and we need to make sure we do the right thing here. We've got a long week. We'll see what happens.
Johnson has been out of action since he suffered the hamstring injury in Week 4 in a win over the Steelers. The team has gone 1-2 without him, falling to the Raiders and Ravens before beating the Titans 41-7 last weekend.
In one of the Texans' matchups with the Jaguars last season, Johnson had nine receptions for 146 yards.