Andre Johnson remains sidelined, as does record

Texans receiver Andre Johnson did not practice last week, but he and coach Gary Kubiak said he had hoped to be able to play on Sunday against the Broncos. Inactive for the game because of a high ankle sprain, Johnson was unable to make any on-field contributions or work toward a particular NFL record.

Johnson has had more than 1,500 yards receiving in each of the last two seasons. No player in NFL history has ever 1,500 or more receiving yards in three consecutive seasons. So far this season, Johnson has 1,216 yards receiving, 284 yards shy of 1,500.

He would have needed to average 142 yards per game against the Broncos and the Jaguars before the end of the season. Now, Johnson would need to astonish everyone and get that total during the final game of the season against Jacksonville, but he might not play during that game either.

Johnson has emphasized repeatedly that records aren’t that important to him and that he’s more concerned with the success of the team.

“I hope he taps me on the shoulder and says he’s ready to go,” Kubiak said about Johnson’s status for Sunday. “If he tells me Friday that he feels good enough to play, then he’s going to play.”

Fourth-year receiver Jacoby Jones started last Sunday in place of Johnson and finished the game with five catches for 115 yards.

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