The Houston Texans will likely have to play the rest of the 2016 season without cornerback Kevin Johnson. According to head coach Bill O’Brien, the young cornerback will visit Dr. Robert Anderson, who did Johnson’s last foot surgery, this week to evaluate his broken foot. O’Brien told SiriusXM Radio that it could end his season.
Johnson suffered the injury this past Sunday in Houston’s 26-23 win over the Indianapolis Colts and has been out since. We reported yesterday that his foot was broken and it appears like he will need surgery now to repair it.
For Johnson, a first-round pick (No. 16 overall) last year, the injury cements a nightmare start to his NFL career. After an excellent career at the University of Wake Forest, Johnson was one of the best prospects in the 2015 draft and the Texans expected him to immediately give them a shutdown cornerback.
Unfortunately he broke the same foot during his rookie season and was forced to have surgery, which appears to be happening once again. He was able to play most of the season as a rookie though despite the injury, but this year he will not be as lucky.
For the Texans, injuries are starting to become a major issue on the defensive side of the football. They were already missing All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt for the year and cornerback Kareem Jackson has missed some time with a hamstring issue. With Johnson now out as well, the team is starting to run out of healthy bodies.