Posted by Mike Florio on August 12, 2011, 10:32 PM EDT
The Texans are counting on cornerbackJohnathan Joseph to prop up an anemic secondary in 2011. And so Texans fans will understandably be unnerved by any evidence suggesting that Joseph may not be able to do what he was hired to do.
Only days before the preseason opener, Joseph missed practice due to tightness in his groin.
“[H]e actually got an injection so that takes some time to come back but everything looks fine,” coach Gary Kubiak said Friday, via comments distributed by the team. “He’s OK. I expect him to be out there tomorrow.”
There’s no reason to be concerned, for now. But any time “groin” and “injection” are used in the same sentence, it makes sense to at least worry — and cringe — a little bit.
Cringe indeed. More importantly is that Joseph will need to be given time to rest and let it heal properly. Too often with one of these types of pulls/strains the players try to fight through it, but often they just suffer in the long run. One example is Lions third year safety Louis Delmas last year. Delmas, as a rookie, was a DROY candidate. He was the only rookie in history to record a safety, return a fumble and interception for touchdowns. Yet last year he was very average, with no splash plays. The difference, the Lions did not have any depth and were not able to let him take time to heal. So he dealt with a mid grade groin pull the entire season.
Houston's defense is indeed anemic, but if they ever want the bleeding to stop they need to let Joseph heal.