Texans WR Andre Johnson out vs. Colts

Wide receiver Andre Johnson out again for Houston Texans

Houston Texans star receiver Andre Johnson will sit out Thursday night's game against the Indianapolis Colts because of a strained left hamstring.

Johnson, who will miss his ninth game this season, was sidelined for six straight games earlier in the year with a right hamstring injury that required surgery.

Coach Gary Kubiak said Tuesday that Johnson is ''very close'' to returning to practice, but isn't quite ready.

The Texans (10-4) have already clinched the AFC South, so Kubiak is staying cautious with the franchise's career leader in receiving yards. Houston plays Tennessee in its regular-season finale on Jan. 1.

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