Houston (CBS Houston)- The most prolific pass-catcher in Texans history made his return to training camp today. Andre Johnson practiced with his teammates for the first time since the opening week of training camp.
Johnson had been suffering from a hamstring injury that caused him to miss practices and the game against Arizona.
“Just good to be back out here with my teammates,” Johnson said, ” and running around again.”
Johnson said his Monday workout combined with a good day yesterday got him the thumbs up from the trainers to return to practice.
He said he was able to do things at full speed today. He showcased his healthy hamstring with various cuts and a few leaping grabs during wide receiver drills. He didn’t participate in any of the competition drills since it was his first day back.
“Just being careful about the way they work me back in,” he said.
He said he would be at practice “every day” but the trainers won’t take any risks with him so they can avoid a possible set-back.
Johnson said he knows his body and he wouldn’t rush anything.
“Not a science to it,” he said. “Been playing the game for going on 12 years now so, I know my body. I know what I can do I know what I can’t do.”
The time away has caused him to miss reps in a new offensive system, but Johnson said he’s working hard to pick up what he’s missed.
“I’m out there, I’m going over plays and stuff like that. I’m always, you know, talking about stuff if I have any questions. Everything is going pretty good.”
Speaking of new things, Johnson says he likes the different mood to practice brought by the new coaching staff.
“I like the way the energy that’s, you know, brought to practice,” Johnson said. “The way he makes us compete all the time and stuff like that. I like it, I think it was a great move for the team.”
Johnson was back at practice today, so could fans see him take the field on Saturday? Johnson said it wasn’t up to him.
“That’s the coach’s decision.”