Texans RB Duke Johnson Day-To-Day With Ankle Sprain


(SportsRadio 610) -- Texans running back Duke Johnson’s health status is day-to-day after suffering a sprained ankle in the season-opener against Kansas City.

Johnson left the game in the third quarter with an apparent lower leg injury and did not return.

There was a report that Johnson’s status for the Ravens game Sunday would be a long shot, but head coach Bill O’Brien said Monday that the running back day-to-day.

Johnson and the Texans benefit from the schedule. Having played Thursday night, Johnson has a few extra days to recover from the injury.

“Duke’s a tough guy. He’ll see how it feels today,” O’Brien said during Monday’s press conference. “We’ll see how he’s doing as the week progresses. We feel good about the depth we have. We have some other guys there who could step up if Duke couldn’t go.”

Other than David Johnson, the Texans would rely on Buddy Howell and undrafted rookie Scottie Phillips for their depth at running back.

Howell, now in his third NFL season (all with the Texans) has five carries for 10 yards in his career. His primary role is on special teams.