Report: Andre Johnson wearing brace

Updated: October 8, 2010, 10:35 AM ET
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Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson practiced on a limited basis Thursday, but will be a game-time decision for the second week in a row, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The Chronicle reported Johnson wore a brace on his sprained right ankle Thursday as Houston prepared to face the New York Giants on Sunday.

"The brace stabilizes my ankle," Johnson told the Chronicle. "It's still sore. I want to play. I hope to play. I'll get back out here [Friday] and do some more and see how it feels."

Johnson, who sat out Sunday's win over Oakland, hurt himself in Week 2 but aggravated the ankle in Week 3 against Dallas.

"Andre took what we expected for him to take today," Texans coach Gary Kubiak told the Chronicle. "He was limited for practice, but he did practice, and we'll see how he'll come out of it. It was very encouraging as we work toward the [New York Giants game].

"There's going to be a risk whenever he comes back, regardless. We would never put a guy out there if we think he can't protect himself and play at the level that we think that he could play at. This week will be no different from last week from that standpoint, but he's way ahead of where he was last week at this point."

Jacoby Jones, who replaced Johnson in the starting lineup against the Raiders, left in the second quarter with a calf strain. Jones has not practiced this week and Kubiak told the Chronicle that Jones would also be a game-time decision against the Giants.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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