Johnson, who missed four games last year due to injury, has been a full participant at Houston's OTAs, Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official site reports. Head coach Bill O'Brien cited Johnson's patience during OTAs, an indicator of greater confidence. Johnson had a strong rookie season, but has endured injuries since, limiting him to just 18 games over 2016 and 2017. The Texans remain confident in the 2015 first-round pick (Wake Forest); however, they felt the need to bolster their secondary and added free agent Aaron Colvin.
Johnson's fifth-year option was exercised by the Texans on Monday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports. Johnson has endured some struggles during his first contract in Houston, some of which have been aided by injuries, but the 2015 first-round pick will continue to earn a fair share of snaps in the Texans secondary. While Houston's decision to exercise the fifth-year of his rookie contract is somewhat of a vote of confidence for the 25-year-old, the team can still release Johnson at no cost if he passes his physical at the beginning of the 2019 league year next March.
Johnson (knee) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Colts. Johnson suffered a bruised knee in Monday's loss to the Steelers and was a limited participant in practice this week. The 25-year-old's 2017 season has been marred by injuries and sub-par performance, as he's graded as the NFL's second-worst cornerback through Week 16, per Pro Football Focus.
Johnson (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday. Johnson's on a path to return to the field Week 8 against Seattle after missing four games. His presence gives the defense a good run-stopping cornerback who can help support a front seven that's lost J.J. Watt (leg), Whitney Mercilus (pectoral) and Brian Cushing (suspension).
Johnson (knee) returned to practice Monday and said his goal is to play in Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports. The bye week appears to have served Johnson well, as he's already back at practice for the first time since Week 2. Assuming he doesn't suffer any setbacks over the course of this week, it looks like the cornerback should be good to go for Sunday's game in Seattle.
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