There was such a wide variety of problems in Houston’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Brandin Cooks was unable to create sideline separation, Kansas City’s short zones took away Houston’s quick passing games, tackling problems, a pass rush that can best be described as general malaise, the lack of a deep passing game, and the same inability to cover Travis Kelce...
Duke Johnson’s ankle injury was somehow swept under the rug.
Duke, not to be confused with David, left Thursday night’s game with a sprained ankle. Before exiting, he had 5 carries for 14 yards and 0 catches on 1 target. He’s considered week-to-week now with that ankle ailment, putting his availability for Week Two’s tilt against the Ravens in real doubt.
Texans' Duke Johnson has sprained ankle, considered week-to-week https://t.co/BQYipSdafR— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) September 12, 2020
Houston’s quick passing attack needs both David and Duke to be healthy. They need their running backs to create easy dump-off receptions against plodding linebackers. They also need the alluring option of a two back offense in the Texans’ playbook as well. The only good news is this injury was suffered last Thursday, so Duke will have had ten days to recover by Sunday afternoon’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.
As far as potential replacements go, Houston has already moved Scottie Phillips back to the practice squad, and C.J. Prosise is also sitting on the practice squad as a potential call-up if Duke isn’t healthy enough to play in Houston’s “home opener.”