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AFC South Standings

Team Div Overall
5-1-0 12-5-0
3-3-0 9-8-0
3-3-0 4-13-0
1-5-0 3-14-0

2021 Rushing

STATS ATT
Rushing Attempts
YDS
Rushing Yards
AVG
Average Yards per Rush
TD
Rushing Touchdowns
LNG
Longest Rush
FL
Fumbles Lost
Regular Season 67 228 3.4 0 15 1

Top David Johnson News

  • Texans' David Johnson: Eight touches in season finale

    Johnson had five carries for 28 yards and caught three of four targets for eight yards in Sunday's 28-25 loss to Tennessee.

    Johnson had missed four of the previous five games due to a quad injury and stints on the reserve/COVID-19 list. He played 17 snaps, well behind Rex Burkhead, who emerged as the team's top back over the second half of the season. When healthy, Johnson was the team's third-down back, and he finished with 32 catches on 42 targets for 225 yards and a touchdown. As a runner, he carried 67 times for 228 yards without a touchdown. He will enter the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, and it's uncertain, probably unlikely, that the Texans bring him back. The backfield needs a serious upgrade -- Houston finished 32nd in rushing in 2021 after ranking 31st the previous year, but that's just one issue facing the Texans, who need to make a decision on the future of head coach David Culley and navigate the trade of quarterback Deshaun Watson. Johnson may represent unwanted memories of the previous regime under Bill O'Brien, so look for him to ply his trade for another team in 2022.

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  • Texans' David Johnson: Off COVID list

    Houston activated Johnson (illness) off the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.

    Johnson was previously dealing with a quadriceps issue before landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list Dec. 27, but he wasn't listed on Wednesday's estimated practice report with an injury. As a result, Johnson is on track to play in Sunday's season finale against the Titans, but he may have to play second fiddle to Rex Burkhead, who has averaged 5.2 yards per carry on 38 totes over the past two weeks. Royce Freeman is also on the roster as a depth option.

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  • Texans' David Johnson: Remains on COVID list

    Johnson (quad) remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's game against the 49ers.

    Until Johnson, who had previously been dealing with a quad issue, clears the NFL's COVID protocols, Rex Burkhead is in line to continue to head the Texans' rushing attack, with Royce Freeman also in the mix to log complementary touches out of the team's backfield and Jaylen Samuels available in reserve.

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  • Texans' David Johnson: Added to COVID-19 list

    The Texans placed Johnson (quadriceps) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.

    According to Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle, Johnson landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of the Texans' Week 14 loss to the Seahawks, but he quickly was cleared to return to the roster after his initial test result was deemed a false positive. Johnson appears to have a true positive test this time around, which could make it a challenge for him to gain clearance ahead of Sunday's game against the 49ers. Johnson already sat out the Texans' Week 16 win over the Chargers due to a quad injury, allowing Rex Burkhead (22 carries for 149 yards and two touchdowns, two catches for zero yards) to seize hold of a lead role out of the backfield. Burkhead's big game likely leaves him as the Texans' preferred option heading into Week 17, regardless of if Johnson ultimately is cleared to play or not.

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  • Texans' David Johnson: Sidelined for Week 16

    Johnson (quadriceps) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

    Despite not practicing all week due to the quad issue, Johnson was listed as questionable heading into Sunday, though the Texans never had much optimism he would suit up. With Johnson out of the mix, Houston is left with Rex Burkhead, Royce Freeman and Jaylen Samuels as its options out of the backfield. Burkhead is the leading candidate to pace the Houston backs in touches and snaps.

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  • Texans' David Johnson: Iffy for Week 16

    Johnson (quad) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers after not practicing this week, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

    Per Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston, despite the official 'questionable' designation, Johnson isn't expected to play in Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET contest. If that's the case, Rex Burkhead and Royce Freeman would be in line to head the Texans' Week 16 backfield.

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  • Texans' David Johnson: Misses another practice

    Johnson (quad) remained sidelined at practice Thursday.

    Back-to-back listed absences Wednesday and Thursday set the stage for what Johnson is able to do Friday to be pivotal with regard to his chances of suiting up Sunday against the Chargers. If he's out or limited this weekend, added Week 16 opportunities would be available for Rex Burkhead and Royce Freeman.

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  • Texans' David Johnson: Missing practice Wednesday

    Johnson, who suffered an unspecified injury during Sunday's win over the Jaguars, isn't slated to practice Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

    The injury explains why Johnson logged just six carries Week 15, despite starting in a game that Houston controlled throughout. Rex Burkhead led the way with 16 rushing attempts and would be in line to lead the backfield again if Johnson ends up sitting out Sunday against the Chargers.

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  • Texans' David Johnson: Dealing with quad issue

    Johnson was listed as a non-participant in Wednesday's walk-through practice due to a quadriceps injury.

    Head coach David Culley relayed earlier Wednesday that Johnson picked up the injury during the Texans' Week 15 win over the Jaguars. Johnson now has two more chances to get on the practice field prior to Sunday's game against the Chargers, but even if he gets the green light to play, he could be part of a timeshare out of the backfield with Rex Burkhead.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 224 lbs
Birthplace: Memphis, TN
Age: 30
School: Northern Iowa
Experience: 8