Houston Texans defensive back Kevin Johnson will remain out for at least the next four-to-six weeks as the result of a sprained MCL, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Johnson originally injured his knee during the Texans’ Thursday evening win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Through two games this season, Johnson has managed nine total tackles.
The 25-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Wake Forest University, was originally selected by Houston in the first round (16th pick overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. He played in 16 games during his rookie campaign, making 10 starts. Johnson was impressive, finishing with 52 total tackles, one interception and nine pass defenses. Last year, Johnson played in only six contests after breaking his foot in the middle of October. During the time he did play, he registered 21 total tackles, one fumble recovery and three pass defenses.
Johnson played all four of his collegiate seasons at Wake Forest and received significant playing time right from the start. In his freshman year, he played in 11 games and recorded 29 total tackles. The following year, his playing time increased, as the Clarksville, Maryland native racked up 58 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and three interceptions. His numbers were essentially identical during his junior year, as Johnson posted 58 stops, three picks, one forced fumble and 12 pass defenses. During his final season with the Demon Deacons, Johnson tallied 44 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and one pick.
The Texans picked up their first win of the season on Thursday with their 13-9 triumph over the Bengals. They will now head on the road to take on the New England Patriots this Sunday.