The Houston Texans could soon be getting back two of their biggest offensive weapons.
Andre Johnson and Arian Foster may return to practice this week, said head coach Bill O’Brien on Sunday, and they may be ready to play on Saturday night when the Atlanta Falcons come to town.
“There’s a shot, yep,” O’Brien said. “There’s a shot.”
Johnson and Foster have missed most of training camp with injuries. Johnson, a tweaked hamstring. Foster, his hamstring a lower back. Combined, the two have seven Pro Bowls since 2010 and both have been named first-team All Pros in their career.
It’s welcome news for a team hours removed from a disappointing preseason opener, last night’s 32-0 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Not just for an offense that gained only 172 yards while quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick struggled to get in a rhythm and ultimately went 6 of 14 for 55 yards with two interceptions. It should also help a defense that gave up 407 yards over an astounding 42:07 of time of possession for Arizona.
O’Brien said he was encouraged by the injury report overall, including cornerback Jonathan Joseph, who was also held out last night.
“Feel better about the injury report, where we’re at,” he said. “Not to go into detail with every guy, but all those guys, with the exception of Cody White and Matt Bonner, all those guys are closer to getting back on the field.”
The Texans host the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday night at NRG Stadium, and the teams’ will hold two joint practice sessions this week.
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