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Duke Johnson deemed ‘week-to-week’ with ankle injury

Duke Johnson likely won’t play against the Ravens in Week 2. That should give David Johnson a boost in opportunities.

 Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson stiff arms Tennessee Titans free safety Kevin Byard in the first quarter at NRG Stadium. Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Duke Johnson was forced from the Houston Texans Week 1 match with the Kansas City Chiefs due to an ankle injury. After further tests, it appears Johnson is considered “week-to-week” and a “long-shot” to play in Week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

According to Rapoport, the injury isn’t sever, which should give Johnson a chance to return in Week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers tough front seven. While Duke is out, David Johnson should get a boost in touches while Scottie Phillips could get some work behind David. In deep/dynasty leagues, Phillips is a name to keep your eye on.

The two Johnsons did see time on the field together Thursday night and it looked like Duke was going to be a bigger part of the offense than he was last season. It would be nice to see more targets to the backs, especially with all the trouble the offensive line had in Week 1. In the end, it looks like David Johnson is back though and is still the only back worth starting in fantasy for the time being.