Folks planning to draft Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnsonin fantasy football leagues can stop panicking. He's set to return from his groin injury.
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Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Saturday that Johnson, left tackle Duane Brown and cornerback Kareem Jackson are all expected to return to the field at Monday's practice. That's welcome news for the Texans, who were reminded how thin they are at wide receiver when Johnson got hurt.
Kevin Walter is a subpar No. 2 wideout. Houston's gang of young candidates for the No. 3 job -- with Lestar Jean leading the way -- all haven't caught a pass in a regular-season game.
If Johnson gets through the rest of camp healthy, this groin injury will be seen as irrelevant. But the Houston Chronicle's Lance Zierlein rightly points out that Johnson's lower body injuries are becoming a recurring problem. Johnson underwent knee surgery midway through the offseason. He missed three games in 2010 and nine games in 2011. Perhaps it's just bad luck, but A.J. simply hasn't been as durable during his career as, say, Larry Fitzgerald.