Green Leaves Game with Cramps
Houston Wins Convincingly
Monday, October 27, 2008
Houston Wins Convincingly
Dancing like a star
In case you’re wondering, David Anderson’s swivel-hipped end-zone routine Sunday was a Conan O’Brien knockoff. Also, in case you’re wondering, the previously little-used Anderson has plenty more skits prepared. Now, all he needs is the playing time to keep scoring.
“I looked at the scoreboard afterward,” Anderson said, sizing up his choreography. “I was pretty satisfied with it. I’ve got a full repertoire of them, about a hundred.”
Andre Johnson said he was “happy for David” because of how prepared he keeps himself during practices, and how good a teammate he is.
For example, Anderson repeatedly asked Johnson how was feeling after suffering a physically demanding afternoon. The Bengals seemed to be taking their half season of frustrations out on the Texans’ star receiver.
“Why you keep asking me if I’m all right?” Johnson asked him at one point. He said Anderson replied, “You’re my baby. I’ve got to worry about you.”
Green fights leg cramp
Ahman Green, who has been oft-injured in his brief Texans career, left again Sunday with what he called “a cramp in my leg, my left leg. Other than that,” he said, “I’m good. I just have to get treatment and get ready for Minnesota.”
Green carried nine times for 41 yards with a long run of 11.
Andre Johnson’s 41 catches in October are the second most for the month since 1970. Only Eric Moulds, a former Texan then with Buffalo, had more with 42 in 2000. Johnson’s 591 yards in October is the fifth highest total since the NFL-AFL merger.
Wide receiver Chad Ocho Cinco spent a number of minutes talking with pal Andre Johnson at midfield after the game. The two have been friends since Ocho Cinco’s rookie season in 2001, and they are big fans of each other on the field.
This time around, Johnson racked up the most yards of the two with 11 catches for 143 receiving yards. Ocho Cinco had five catches for 44 yards.
Ocho Cinco is playing in his first season since legally changing his name from Chad Johnson. When it was pointed out that his production was much better before he changed his name, Ocho Cinco just shook off the notion of being Johnson again.
“I’m Ocho now,” he said. “I don’t need to go back now. I’m staying what I am.”
A second happy return
For the second time this season, punt returner Jacoby Jones returned a punt to the north end zone. He raced for the touchdown right by the front row seat occupied by his mom, Emily London, and jumped into her arms.
Afterward, Jones’ teammates — Chaun Thompson and Zac Diles — suggested Jones move his mom to the south end zone when the offense is moving that way. But Jones said he doesn’t think she’d like those seats as well. Diles plans to keep trying.
“We need to get his mom at every game on every side,” Diles said. “Wherever the ball’s going, we need Jacoby’s mom in that end zone.”
Robinson back in the mix
Texans cornerback Dunta Robinson is playing more than he ever expected to in his first two weeks back. In the second quarter after batting down a pass and making a critical stop in the red zone, Robinson sprinted to the bench on the sidelines, sat on the bench and received some oxygen.
“I was upset with myself (for not intercepting the ball) and I just ran off the field — at the same time I couldn’t breathe,” he said. “I had to sit down and get oxygen. I played way more plays than I expected to for the second straight week.”
The Texans are keeping the communication open with Robinson and trusting that he will tell them when he needs to leave a game.
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