Receiver Andre Johnson participated fully in the Texans practice Thursday, showing no ill effects from the lung bruise he suffered against the 49ers and seemingly leaving little doubt about his being ready for the Bills on Sunday.
“He took pretty close to all the reps he normally takes, and he didn't have any problems,” coach Gary Kubiak said. “It's not Sunday yet, but I was very encouraged.”
Johnson, who will wear a padded extension to his shoulder pads to protect his chest, had already insisted nothing was going to keep him out of the game. Nonetheless, the Texans were sending him back to the doctor for another thorough examination, just to make sure nothing has been missed.
“I feel good,” Johnson said. “Like I said, I wasn't in any pain, and I'm still not in any pain. My breathing is fine when I'm out there running. I'm ready to go get this scan to see if they see stuff. Hopefully, there's nothing bad when they look at the scan.”
As for the extra padding, he said: “I haven't played in anything like that since Little League, so it's been a long time. I think it's something I definitely have to get used to a little bit, but I don't think it will restrain me.”