By: Alex Del Barrio, Sportsradio 610By Alex Del Barrio

HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Texans have had to deal with injuries to their defense all season including losing star defensive end JJ Watt for the season with a back injury.

The injury list has piled up in recent weeks especially in the secondary with Kareem Jackson, Jonathan Joseph and Quintin Demps dealing with a variety of ailments. Now cornerback Kevin Johnson is expected to be out the rest of the season after breaking his foot.

Joseph, the elder statesman in the Texans defensive backfield has been a mentor to Johnson and said he reached out to the second-year corner to let him know he suffered the same injury himself and to give him words of encouragement.

“I wanted to lift him up, Joseph said. “I experienced it years ago. Same thing, broke it in the offseason, re-broke it during the season. So I pretty much told him ‘You’ll be ok’. ”

Johnson had been really taking his game to the next level as of late, including on Sunday’s win against the Colts in which he led the team in tackles with nine. His

“He’s playing the best ball I’ve seen from a young guy in a long time,” Joseph added. “He put in a tremendous effort this past weekend in a big game. It just sucks but I think overall he has the right mentality to where he’ll bounce back from it.”

Fellow corner Charles James III agreed with Joseph and alluded to how hard Johnson worked as a player on both defense and special teams.

“he’s a non-stop, full speed ahead, 110 percent guy, James said. “Losing him is big at the cornerback spot, I know he was doing tremendous, and he was doing great things on special teams. Definitely a big loss and we’re going to try and make up for it.

The Texans are expected to have Kareem Jackson back for Monday night’s game against the Denver Broncos after he was dealing with a hamstring injury last week and did not play on Sunday. The Texans also made another addition with the signing of safety Don Jones. The Texans still are waiting for safety Quintin Demps to return from a calf injury.

Alex Del Barrio  and Matt Murphy can be heard on Saturday afternoons 4-7 pm  Follow Alex Del Barrio on Twitter: @alexdelbarrio 


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