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Houston Texans Wide Receiver Andre Johnson Out for 3 Weeks

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Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson could miss the next three weeks after undergoing a procedure Tuesday in Dallas to speed up the healing process of a slight tear in his right hamstring.

Coach Gary Kubiak said the Texas would be “missing a heck of a player” against the Raiders, but he would not put a timetable on Johnson’s return after the procedure.

The 3-1 Texans host the 2-2 Oakland Raiders Sunday.

The 6-foot-3, 226-pound Johnson missed three games last year with a sprained ankle, which included a 31-24 win over the Raiders. The five-time Pro Bowl selection sat out seven games in 2007 with a left knee injury that required offseason surgery and the Texans went 2-5 during that stretch without him.

Jacoby Jones will move into Johnson’s starting role opposite Kevin Walter, with free-agent pickup Bryant Johnson and the recently re-signed David Anderson moving up the depth chart.

Fortunately for Texans fans the team can turn to last season’s NFL leading rusher Arian Foster. Foster returned from a hamstring injury himself Sunday against the Steelers Sunday, and carried the ball 30 times for 155 yards and the game-winning touchdown against the Steelers in the final quarter.

Houston may also be without back-up running backs Ben Tate (groin) and Derrick Ward (sprained right ankle) against the Raiders. Tate and Ward both sat out practice on Wednesday, but Kubiak was hopeful that Tate would be ready to play by Sunday.

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