Andre Johnson Day-to-Day With High Ankle Sprain
He was tackled in Sunday's 27-13 loss to the Cowboys and re-aggravated the injury, staying on the ground in obvious pain while the trainers tended to him. Johnson, who had four receptions for 64 yards up that point, reentered the game after having the ankle taped but did not make another catch.
In postgame interviews, Johnson revealed that he had the dreaded high ankle sprain:
"Ankle-wise, I re-aggravated the high ankle sprain that I had and we're going to do the same thing we did last week as far as treatment and see what happens ... I'm not worried about my ankle. The only reason is I felt pain when I got tackled today. That's the only reason I came off the field. I went over to the sideline, the doctor checked it out and told me I hadn't done anything worse to it, but I'm going to feel pain every time I get hit on it if I continue to play.
"You just have to come out for a few plays til it goes away and then go back out there, so that's what I'm going to continue to do until it gets better."
In his Monday press conference, Texans head coach Gary Kubiak did not confirm the extent of Johnson's injuries but acknowledged, "He will be day-to-day and we will be smart with Andre Johnson. We've got a long way to go."
The best treatment for a high ankle sprain is rest, and there may be a question on whether Johnson might be held out of Sunday's game in Oakland and perhaps the Giants game at home after that.
Johnson is likely going to be a game-time decision on Sunday, and don't expect many clear signs from the Texans as to whether or not he is playing. When Johnson injured his knee during the second game of the 2007 season, early reports suggested he would be out for a few weeks but he came back nine weeks later.