Andre Johnson and Maurice Jones-Drew doubtful for Sunday

The Texans and Jaguars could be without their biggest offensive weapons on Sunday.

Sources tell ESPN’s Adam Schefter that both Andre Johnson and Maurice Jones-Drew are doubtful for their respective games in Week 16. The Texans are in Denver for a meaningless (in terms of playoffs) game against the Broncos, while the Jaguars play a very meaningful game against the Redskins in Jacksonville.

Johnson told the media earlier in the week that he would test his injured ankle in pre-game warmups but he didn’t sound optimistic that he would play. Should he sit against the Broncos, Jacoby Jones would start in his place and could have a big game against a brutal Denver defense (save for cornerback Champ Bailey, of course).

Jones-Drew’s knee is still swollen and the Jags want to give it a chance to rest and heal. And even though they have a huge game on Sunday, the Redskins’ defense is both decimated and awful, so Jacksonville could probably get by with backup Rashad Jennings if MJD can’t go. Jennings is averaging 6.8 yards-per-carry this season and he should get anywhere from 15-25 touches against Washington.

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Andre Johnson mic’d up for his Week 12 fight [video]

Surprisingly, there wasn’t much trash talk between the two (at least not any that was included in the edit) before the fight ensued.

Andre Johnson doesn’t deserve to be suspended for fight with Finnegan

It appears as though Andre Johnson won’t be suspended by the NFL for fighting Tennessee cornerback Cortland Finnegan on Sunday. Nor should he be.

Finnegan has a reputation for being a dirty player and has already been warned by the league that another finable offense could lead to a suspension. I would consider shoving a forearm into a receiver and instigating a fight would fall under the category of “finable.”

Let’s be clear here: Johnson was wrong. While he has every right to defend himself, there was no reason for him to throw any punches. His emotions got the best of him and he allowed Finnegan to get under his skin. There were a lot of people who cheered his actions on Sunday, but the bottom line is that there were children in the stands and there’s just no place in the game for players taking swings at each other. Look at the video below. An adult may throw out a bunch of “oohs” and “ahs” but this isn’t boxing. Smaller children don’t need to see that at a football game.

That said, Finnegan, for lack of a better word, is a punk. Right before he jabbed Johnson in the mouth, he reportedly looked towards the Texans’ sidelines and said, “Watch this.” If that report is true, then his actions were premeditated (look at me breaking out the lawyer speak) and therefore he should be suspended.

But Johnson? No way. Fine him, yes. Suspend him, no. He doesn’t have a history of incidents and if the league wants to get to the root of the issue in this case, it’s Finnegan’s actions.

Suspend him.

Andre Johnson goes ballistic on Cortland Finnegan

If Floyd Mayweather doesn’t want to fight Manny Pacquaio, maybe Andre Johnson will step in.

It’ll be interesting to see what the NFL does about this because while Johnson may have landed the bigger blows, but he’s got an exemplary record with the league. Finnegan, on the other hand, has been warned that another finable offense could lead to a suspension.

That said, Roger Goodell isn’t going to stand for Johnson throwing a couple of haymakers and not do something about it. They both could be suspended once the league has an opportunity to review the situation.

Texans somehow overcome the greatness that is Zach Miller, hold on to beat Raiders

HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 12: Quarterback Matt Schaub  of the Houston Texans drops back to pass against the Indianapolis Colts during the NFL season opener at Reliant Stadium on September 12, 2010 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Zach Miller caught 11 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough as the Texans beat the Raiders, 31-24.

Like the All-Pro tandem of Mark Sanchez and Dustin Keller, Bruce Gradkowski and Miller are starting to click. In the two games that Gradkowski has started, Miller has 15 catches for 186 yards and two touchdowns. Zach Miller.

What was even more impressive than Miller’s day was the fact that the Texans still racked up 31 points despite not having Andre Johnson (high ankle sprain) and Arian Foster missing the first quarter because he was being punished. (Apparently he missed a meeting last week and was late for another, so Gary Kubiak sat him.)

Apparently Foster got the message because when he finally came into the game, he rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. On top of rushing for 8.2 yards a clip, he also broke free on a 74-yard touchdown run to give Houston a 21-14 lead early in the third quarter.

Schaub was also solid, completing 16-of-29 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns. The key difference between him and Gradkowski was that the Oakland QB threw two interceptions along with his two touchdowns and 278 yards. Still, Gradkowski continues to provide a spark for the Raiders’ offense, which means we won’t see Jason Campbell anytime soon.

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