Now that we know, it’s hard to blame him for skipping out on Honolulu.
According to Mark Berman of FOX 26 (KRIV), who spoke with Johnson’s uncle Andre Melton, the Texans’ veteran receiver has a wrist injury that’s still healing.
But that’s not all.
Melton said Johnson played through the injury for the final four games of the regular season — “essentially playing with one hand” — but didn’t tell anyone.
It speaks volumes of Johnson, a consummate professional, to put the team before himself, especially in the midst of a terrible 2-14 season. But this does explain the mediocre numbers he put up over those final four weeks.
Aside from a 13-catch, 154-yard outburst against the Jaguars in Week 14, Johnson was held 18, 63, and 49-yard outings to close out 2013. He also dropped some passes that he’d normally catch in his sleep.
Johnson still posted his seventh-consecutive 1000-yard season, recording 109 receptions for 1,407 yards and five touchdowns with a mediocre supporting cast and musical chairs at quarterback. The 32-year-old has shown no signs of losing his dominant ability, and, given a chance to heal up, is a good bet to exceed those numbers next season.
[H/T Battle Red Blog]