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Injury Wrap: Andre Johnson hopes for the best

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Friday is the most important practice day of the week, so let's take a long look at what we learned over the last 24 hours.

Andre Johnson(notes) (ankle) says he'll do all he can to get on the field for Sunday's game at Oakland; he didn't practice with the Texans on Friday. Even if Johnson is able to suit up, he'll have to deal with star corner Nnamdi Asomugha(notes) shadowing him all over the field. Make sure you have a 4 p.m. caddy ready to go if Johnson is scratched, or better yet, address this before the early games kick off. I'm only tied to Johnson in one league and I'm prepared to sit him.

Steven Jackson (groin) didn't do a lot at Friday's practice and is at risk of missing Sunday's game against Seattle. Kenneth Darby(notes) is in line to start if Jackson can't go.

Ryan Mathews(notes) (ankle) did everything at practice this week and is ready to go against Arizona.

Pierre Thomas(notes) (ankle) did some work Friday but remains a game-time decision for Sunday's game against Carolina. Ladell Betts(notes) and Christopher Ivory(notes) are the fallback options here.

Jahvid Best(notes) (toe) did some work Friday and the Lions seem confident that he'll be able to start at Green Bay. It's an early kickoff, so we'll know around noon.

Beanie Wells(notes) (knee) had a full practice the last two days and is listed as probable. Start him if you normally would.

Ray Rice(notes) (knee) missed some of Friday's reps and is officially listed as questionable, though context clues suggest he'll play at Pittsburgh. It's an early start so check back Sunday morning.

Knowshon Moreno(notes) (hamstring) has already been scratched for Sunday's game at Tennessee, so get ready for the Laurence Maroney(notes) and Correll Buckhalter(notes) show.

Fred Taylor(notes) (toe) hasn't practiced all week and seems unlikely to play Monday at Miami. BenJarvus Green-Ellis(notes) is the logical play if you need to try a New England back.

Cedric Benson(notes) (knee) did everything on Friday and is listed as probable for the Browns. He should get 20-plus touches again.

Clinton Portis(notes) (wrist) had a full session Friday but you know Mike Shanahan, he likes the questionable tag for anyone and everyone. Portis is expected to share work with Ryan Torain(notes) on Sunday.

Jerome Harrison(notes) (thigh) practiced in full Friday but he's behind Peyton Hillis(notes) on the depth chart.

Donald Brown(notes) (hamstring) and Joseph Addai(notes) (knee) both sat out Friday's practice. Brown isn't expected to play at Jacksonville, but Addai should be fine.

The Bengals kept Terrell Owens(notes) (back) out of Friday's practice but he remains probable for the Browns. Good luck catching those Carson Palmer(notes) spirals, TO.

Oakland's receiving depth is shaky to begin with, and things could really be ugly on Sunday as Louis Murphy(notes) (clavicle) and Darrius Heyward-Bey(notes) (groin) are both listed as questionable. Head coach Tom Cable is cautiously optimistic on both guys but I'd steer away from both of these options if your depth allows it.

Nate Burleson(notes) (ankle) has been ruled out, which pushes Bryant Johnson(notes) into Detroit's starting lineup.

Pierre Garcon(notes) (hamstring) hasn't been practicing this week and isn't expected to play at Jacksonville. Go ahead and use Austin Collie(notes) (heel) if you can; he had a full session Friday.

Jake Delhomme(notes) (ankle) looks like he needs another week, which also means we can't start Mohamed Massaquoi(notes) with any confidence.

Owen Daniels(notes) (hamstring) is iffy for Week 4. Given the depth of tight end around the league, I don't see any reason to risk anything on Daniels this Sunday.

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