Gary Kubiak and the Houston Texans aren’t throwing caution to the wind with Andre Johnson.
Johnson returned to the field on Monday eight days after suffering a groin injury in practice.
Coach Kubiak said the team will be using its star wide receiver sparingly, at least for now.
“We put a play count on him, so we’re going to do that as the week goes on,” Kubiak said, in comments distributed by the team. ”It’s about getting him going again and not expecting him to go the full bore on the first day out. I thought he held up well, and we’ll move forward tomorrow.”
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The magic number appears to be 20 for Johnson, who says things went well.
“They just wanted to work me in,” Johnson said. ”I took probably about 20 reps today, but they were kind of mixed in. Sometimes I went in for two or three plays in a row. They did a great job of mixing it up. The practice went fine.”
Coming off the worst year of his career due to injury (just 33 catches for 492