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Sprained knee sidelines Andre Johnson for Sunday

9/19/2007 - NFL Andre Johnson Houston Texans + more

HOUSTON -- Houston Texans receiver Andre Johnson ruled out
playing against Indianapolis this week as he recovers from a knee
sprain.


Asked Wednesday if there was any chance he could play against
the Colts, Johnson said: "No. I mean as it looks right now, you
look at me right now, no I wouldn't be out there on Sunday."

The news is a major blow to a team that is 2-0 for the first
time in franchise history and preparing to face a major AFC South
foe. Rookie Jacoby Jones, who has two catches for 33 yards, will
probably start in Johnson's place. Second receiver Kevin Walter has
just two receptions for 17 yards.

Johnson, who wore a large brace on his injured left knee
Wednesday, said he is unsure of when he can return but didn't rule
out next week's game.

"I'm taking it day-by-day, week-by-week, and doing everything I
can to strengthen my leg so I can be back," he said.

An MRI Monday revealed no damage that would require surgery.
Coach Gary Kubiak listed Johnson's official status for Sunday as
doubtful.

Johnson sprained his knee during the fourth quarter of the
Texans 34-21 win over the Panthers on Sunday. He fell awkwardly on
the knee after a 10-yard reception and remained on the turf for
several minutes. He walked off the field on his own but was limping
on the sideline.

Johnson, who has missed just three games in his five-year
career, said being on the sidelines Sunday will be difficult.

"I'll probably be the team's biggest cheerleader," he said.
"I'm going to go out and encourage these guys as much as I can."

Johnson had seven catches for 120 yards and two touchdowns
Sunday. His 262 yards receiving in the first two games rank fourth
in the NFL.