Originally published Friday, November 11, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Texans star receiver to miss 6th game in row

Texans star receiver Andre Johnson will miss his sixth straight game as he continues a longer-than-expected recovery from a right-hamstring...

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HOUSTON — Texans star receiver Andre Johnson will miss his sixth straight game as he continues a longer-than-expected recovery from a right-hamstring injury.

Johnson ran on a separate field Friday as the Texans (6-3) prepared for Sunday's game at Tampa Bay (4-4). Coach Gary Kubiak has been saying for two weeks that Johnson is "very close" to returning, but not quite fully healed.

After Sunday, Houston has its bye before playing at Jacksonville on Nov. 27. Kubiak is optimistic Johnson will be ready by then.

"We should come out of the bye knowing that he's ready to go, and be a part of our team as we go into those last six weeks," Kubiak said. "He's doing really good, but the smart thing to do is give him this extra time to rest and continue to have some guys step up and take his place."

Johnson said holding him out for one more game was "probably the best decision." He sat out practice all week and planned to put himself through a hard workout again Monday.

"I still could go out and play football," Johnson said. "We just felt the best thing was just to wait and go through the off week."

Turner: Don't

blame Rivers

SAN DIEGO — Coach Norv Turner said Philip Rivers should not be blamed for the tumbling Chargers' 24-17 loss to the Raiders.

On the contrary, Turner praised Rivers for surviving a fierce pass rush Thursday night that resulted in six sacks and numerous hits.

"I've been around some guys that wouldn't make it that far through that game," Turner said.


• Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller was fined $15,000 by the NFL for roughing the passer. The league also confirmed that Steelers safety Ryan Clark was fined $40,000 for his hit on Baltimore tight end Ed Dickson, and Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was docked $20,000 for unnecessary roughness.

• Chicago Bears receiver Devin Hester (ankle) missed his third straight practice and was listed as questionable on the injury report.

• Minnesota Vikings starting right guard Anthony Herrera (knee) will not play Monday night against the Green Bay Packers.

• Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley (hamstring) will miss his second straight game, but linebacker James Farrior likely will be back for Sunday's AFC North showdown in Cincinnati.

• New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) is going to miss his second straight game.

• Cleveland Browns starting strong safety T.J. Ward (foot) will not play Sunday against St. Louis and could miss several games.

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