Texans best player iffy

The Jets have been fairly fortunate when it comes to injuries. The same can't be said for their opponents.

For instance, when the Jets played Detroit, the Lions were without both starting defensive tackles, Shawn Rogers and Shaun Cody. And the Jets proceeded to the run the ball at will.

And the Jets might get another injury break this week. The Houston Texans best player, wide receiver Andre Johnson, is hurting. He has a deep thigh bruise that is worse than first thought.

Johnson (deep thigh bruise-probable) missed practice again Thursday.

"Andre didn't practice [on Thursday]," said Texans coach Gary Kubiak. "It is a concern. I'm not going to hide that from anybody. We'll see how he does tomorrow. I think the thigh bruise is a little bit more than we thought it was, and hopefully he'll come out tomorrow and feel better. But he couldn't go (on Thursday) and we held him out."

The Texans are already thin at wide receiver with speedster Jerome Mathis on IR.

Considering the Jets secondary has two cornerbacks questionable (Andre Dyson and David Barrett), and they have been in struggling in coverage this year, the Johnson injury could really help them.

Barrett will likely play in limited role, but there is a chance Dyson, who is battling a neck stinger, might not be able to go. The Jets third and fourth cornerbacks, Justin Miller and Drew Coleman, have really struggled lately. So if Johnson is able to play, he could really exploit the Jets corners.

With the Jets cornerback issue, it's possible that defensive back Guss Scott, who was signed on Wednesday, could see some action. Since he's a former Texan, he could be a valuable weapon dealing with the Houston passing game, which he is very familiar with.

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