Friday update: David Johnson is once again not at practice, per Aaron Wilson. His absence rules him out this week, but we’ll need to wait on the official designation. Duke Johnson will get the lead role again and should have some fantasy value as he takes on his old team.
Thursday update: David Johnson is not at practice on Thursday due to his concussion, per Mark Berman. This makes it nearly impossible for him to be cleared by Sunday. Duke Johnson should get to start against his old team, the Cleveland Browns.
Houston Texans running back David Johnson was forced from his Week 9 matchup with the Jaguars due to a concussion. The running back is currently in the league’s concussion protocol and will miss their first practice of the week, per The Athletic’s Aaron Reiss. Johnson was replaced by his backup Duke Johnson, who rushed 16 times for 41 yards and a touchdown, adding 4-of-4 receptions for 32 more yards.
David Johnson has been average since coming to the Texans in a trade that sent star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals. Through eight games, he’s run the ball 103 times for 408 yards (4.0 yards per carry) and three touchdowns, while catching 16 passes for 161 yards and another touchdown.
This week the Texans will face the Cleveland Browns, who have been middling against the run. If David can’t go, Duke should be worth a fantasy start in most leagues.