Johnson says hamstring is better, but not yet full-strength

Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson said Tuesday that he's making progress in his recovery from a hamstring injury, but he still can't pinpoint when he will return to action.

"When I'm out there running now, I don't feel that pain anymore, so that's a good thing," Johnson told KILT-AM in Houston. "They say it could take up to six weeks at the most, but I don't think it'll take me that long."

Johnson was injured on Oct. 2, then had minor surgery on his right leg two weeks ago to remove scar tissue that was causing him pain. In his absence, the Texans have lost to the Oakland Raiders and the Baltimore Ravens.

Coach Gary Kubiak hasn't ruled Johnson out of Sunday's game at Tennessee, but the team's leading receiver said his hamstring is not at full strength.

"You really can't put a timetable on it, it's just whenever it feels back to normal," he said. "Right now, it's still weak. It's not as strong as it used to be. I still can't run full-speed yet, but I am out on the field running. I've tried to run full-speed, but I'm just taking it day by day."

The Texans acquired veteran receiver Derrick Mason in a trade from the Jets last week to pick up some of the slack left by Johnson's absence.

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