HOUSTON -- Toward the end of practice, Andre Johnson sat on a trainer's table with a towel draped over his head. Beside him was Houston Texans' running back Arian Foster, wearing the sweats he'd worn all practice. Together they watched a team to which their health is paramount go through a training camp practice.
Foster and Johnson are dealing with what Texans' coach Bill O'Brien termed as minor injuries. Nobody seems very concerned with either player's injury, which should be good news for the Texans.
"I just got a little tight," Johnson said. "Just a precaution. I'm going to go in and see what's what. ...It's nothing bad. I'm not worried about it."
Johnson injured his right hamstring while making a diving catch from Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. It was a beautiful pass (which isn't always the case with Fitzpatrick's deep balls) and catch while Aloe Blacc's "The Man" blasted from the speakers. Once Johnson hit the ground, cornerback Brandon Harris backed away from him with his arms up in the air. He's not allowed to knock Johnson around and was hilariously trying to show he didn't. Harris was even reluctant to touch him to make him down by contact.
Johnson said afterward that he isn't worried about the injury, but having played football a long time, he's going to make sure to take care of it. He was on his way into the facility to get it looked at just before talking to reporters.
The good news about Johnson is that his on-field rapport with Fitzpatrick seems to be getting better each day -- and that play was a good example of it.
"I definitely felt more comfortable today than I did the past two days," Johnson said. "Hopefully things will get better and better."
Foster did not practice at all on Monday, after only going through half of Sunday's practice. During Sunday's practice, which was open to the public, Foster spent some time having his left hamstring stretched. He then went back into a drill before concluding all activities about an hour before practice ended.
"Those guys have played a lot of football," O'Brien said. "We'll make sure we do a good job of managing them through the season."