The Texans can go with Case Keenum, who was signed this week off of the St. Louis Rams practice squad and went 0-8 as a starter for the Texans last season, or they can start mobile former Buffalo Bills quarterback Thaddeus Lewis.
"We're not going to publicly name who's starting," O'Brien said during a conference call with Baltimore reporters Wednesday. "We'll let everybody see that when the game starts."
Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm
Texans WR Andre Johnson (concussion) took limited practice reps Wednesday. It appears that Johnson will make his return this week in a nice matchup with Baltimore, though the Houston QB situation is dire. Thad Lewis or Case Keenum will get the start. If it’s Keenum, there is some reason for optimism as Johnson averaged 6.9 catches for 100 yards and 0.6 TD in the eight games in which Keenum played last season.
“I think he feels better today,” head coach Bill O’Brien said Monday. “Looks like we would have Andre Johnson back for Sunday.”
On December 7, Johnson suffered a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit in Jacksonville. After failing to clear the league’s concussion protocol, Johnson was inactive in Sunday’s 17-10 loss to the Colts. Week 16's matchup actually isn't a bad one as the Ravens are 28th in allowing fantasy points to WRs. But the Texans QB situation is very much up in the air right now and will likely limit Johnson's value this week.
Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm
Texans WR Andre Johnson (concussion, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 15. We should have final word by Saturday. Right now, Johnson looks very iffy to face Indianapolis, but he’s a veteran who could play without practicing at all during the week.
Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm
Texans WR Andre Johnson (concussion) missed practice again Thursday. Houston hasn’t ruled him out, but he’s going to have to advance through the league’s concussion protocol quickly if he’s going to play against Indianapolis.
Davis practiced Wednesday, albeit with a non-contact red jersey, because he's still going through the NFL's concussion protocol. He missed last weekend's game against the Cleveland Browns because he still hadn't been cleared from the concussion suffered against the Washington Redskins on Nov. 30. The plan, according to coach Chuck Pagano, is for Davis to practice again Thursday.
This is important because it will impact the Houston receivers. Davis covered Andre Johnson for most of the previous matchup, but that was before Hopkins established himself as the Texans' top receiver. Johnson is recovering from his own concussion and is iffy for Sunday. if he's out, Davis will very likely spend a lot of time covering Hopkins.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm
Texans WR Andre Johnson (concussion) did not practice Wednesday. Houston hasn’t ruled him out, but he’s going to have to advance through the league’s concussion protocol quickly if he’s going to play against Indianapolis.
“That’s exactly where it stands though,” head coach Bill O’Brien said Monday. “He has to pass the concussion test to be able to be cleared. I would say that’s definitely a day-to-day thing.”
If Johnson can't start, O'Brien said wide receiver DeVier Posey is a candidate to play. Posey has been inactive for each game this season. Johnson left early in the second quarter after suffering a helmet-to-helmet hit by Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith. The All-Pro receiver headed for the locker room after being examined on the field by team’s medical staff.
Johnson went down near Jacksonville’s end zone after being hit in the head at the four-yard line. He lost his helmet on the play.
Johnson, 33, needed eight catches Sunday to reach 1,000 career receptions, tying Marvin Harrison for the fastest in NFL history to reach the mark. Johnson caught four balls for 17 yards before leaving the game.
Johnson has suffered two concussions in less than two years. He received a concussion Week 2 against Tennessee last season. We'll continue to update his status leading up to Week 15.
Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm
Texans WR Andre Johnson (not injury related, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 14.
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm
Texans WR Andre Johnson (not injury related) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Johnson will be fine to face the Jaguars in Week 14.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 6:30pm
Texans WR Andre Johnson (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday. This is a rest day for Johnson. It was nice to see him score a rare touchdown in Week 13.
Monday, December 1, 2014, 10:04am
He was Ryan Fitzpatrick's No. 1 target, setting career highs with nine receptions for 238 yards and two touchdowns. He's over 1,000 yards on the season.
Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm
Texans WR Andre Johnson (not injury related, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 13.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm
Texans WR Andre Johnson (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday. This is typical for Johnson.