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Texans owner Bob McNair said he isn't even considering the possibility of not making the postseason.
"It's the playoffs," he said. "That's what we expect and have no reason to believe we won't be there. We're going to do whatever we have to do to win, period. Of course, that means you're going to be in the playoffs ... but it's all about winning and we've had adequate time to get there and we've been very close. We just need to make that determination that we're going to make it happen."
As one of the longest tenured players on this team, Johnson's leadership is something McNair believes will be key in helping the Texans reach their goal. Johnson signed a contract extension before last season that should keep him in Houston for his entire career.
"You just couldn't ask for anybody to be a better teammate than Andre because not only is he a great player but he goes out there and plays as hard or harder than anybody, he never complains, he does his job, he's willing to sacrifice and he doesn't complain about how many balls you've thrown to him," McNair said. "That's what you're looking for. This is a team sport and a lot of what happens depends upon the chemistry of that team. Andre helps set the right chemistry for us."
NOTES: LB Brian Cushing practiced for the first time on Wednesday morning after sitting out the first few practices recovering from offseason knee surgery. He took part in a couple of segments of practice and Kubiak said he's "way behind" and they'll need him to catch up quickly. ... Receiver Jacoby Jones left Wednesday morning's practice with a sore foot.
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