Oct 4, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans running back David Johnson (31) runs the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during the fourth quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Texans activate RB Johnson, lose two starters on D

The Houston Texans activated running back David Johnson from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday.

He landed on the list last Friday and missed Sunday’s 36-7 loss at Chicago.

Johnson, who also missed three games in November due to a concussion, leads the Texans with 452 rushing yards and four touchdowns. He also has 16 catches for 161 yards and one score in nine games.

Houston (4-9) also placed two defensive starters on season-ending injured reserve ahead of Sunday’s game at Indianapolis (9-4).

Defensive tackle Brandon Dunn (pelvic fracture) and safety Justin Reid (torn thumb ligament) had both started all 13 games before getting hurt in the loss to the Bears.

Dunn, 28, contributed 26 tackles, three quarterback hits and one fumble recovery this season.

Reid, 23, had surgery on Tuesday. The 2018 third-round pick had 83 tackles, four passes defensed and two sacks.

–Field Level Media