Andre Johnson, considered by many to be the best wide receiver in the NFL, will have ankle surgery next week. As you might guess, he’ll sit out this weekend’s game for the 5-10 Houston Texans. Johnson originally injured his ankle during Week 2 action and it never quite healed. He played through it but was seen limping at various times this season.
Despite being gimpy virtually all season, Johnson was still able to produce huge numbers. In 13 games, Johnson had 86 catches for 1,216 yards and eight touchdowns. Projected to 16 games, he was on pace to have his best statistical season of his career.
The arthroscopic procedure on his right ankle should heal in plenty of time for the 2011 NFL campaign. At 29, Johnson still has at least a few more years of being one of the best wideouts in the league.
The biggest question facing Johnson and the rest of the Texans is regarding the team’s head coach. Gary Kubiak could very well be fired. If that happens, the new coach may bring in a new offensive philosophy. However, for Johnson, he’ll be sure to get plenty of targets no matter what.