Johnson had two carries for four yards and caught his lone target for minus-1 yard in Sunday's 38-22 loss to the Rams.

Johnson (11 snaps) and Phillip Lindsay (eight) were expected to have elevated backfield roles following the trade of Mark Ingram, but that never materialized. Instead, Rex Burkhead rose to the top with 30 snaps, four targets and a touchdown. And to some extent, Scottie Phillips (15 snaps) got a bump as well. It's unclear how the game circumstances impacted the workload distribution, but to date, Johnson had received a consistent 25-30 snaps and played a significant role when Houston had fallen behind in games, as it did once again Sunday. With the Nov. 2 trade deadline approaching, there could be a further shakeup in the backfield, although the unit as a whole has a bleak outlook.

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