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David Johnson sent to Texans’ IR after suffering concussion vs. Jaguars

Deshaun Watson, David Johnson, Texans

The Houston Texans have placed running back David Johnson on the injured reserve list due to a concussion that he suffered against Jacksonville last week, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Sustaining the injury due to a hard hit from Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack, Johnson was forced out in the second quarter of last Sunday’s match in a game that the Texans were ultimately able to survive with a two-point win. In failing to pass the league’s concussion protocol and being placed on the IR, Johnson will be required to miss a minimum of three weeks before he is eligible to return.

Acquired during this previous offseason from the Arizona Cardinals, in a controversial deal that sent longtime Texans’ receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the desert, Johnson’s performance has been merely adequate for the disappointing Houston squad this season, as he has accumulated just 408 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the year.

With their starting halfback unavailable, the Texans will likely look to employ backup Duke Johnson into the starting lineup. A sixth-year veteran originally selected by the Cleveland Browns in the third round of the 2015 draft, Johnson was traded to Houston during the 2019 offseason for a conditional fourth-round pick. Following the injury to David Johnson during last week’s game, Duke Johnson filled in admirably, gaining a new career high in touches with 20, as he gained a combined 70 yards and a touchdown, in helping pace the Texans to the victory.

Should Houston require more options at running back, the organization also employs Buddy Howell on the active roster, as well as Scottie Phillips and C.J. Prosise on the practice squad.