HOUSTON - Houston Texans receiver Andre Johnson talked with his idol and Denver Broncos receiver Jerry Rice shared some wisdom while a couple of dozen reporters eavesdropped Wednesday morning. Johnson, one of the NFL’s rising stars at wide receiver, came over to the practice field where Rice was having a press conference after a morning practice. Johnson had met Rice briefly after a Texans-Raiders game last season. This time, he got a chance to ask a few questions. “My question to you is, what keeps you going?” Johnson said. “Andre, I think the thing for me is I still love the game,” Rice said. “I’m still like a little kid on the football field. And I’m still coachable. Any of the coaches can approach me and say, ‘You need to run this route this way,’ and I’m not going to be offended by it. It’s only going to make me a better player.” When Rice heard for the first time that Johnson looked up to him, he had his assistant send Johnson an autographed picture. Johnson, the third pick of the 2003 NFL draft, said the picture is hanging up in his house. Rice, who broke into the NFL in 1985 when Johnson was 4, offered Johnson the chance to go through some of Rice’s legendary grueling offseason workouts in the San Francisco area. “I’m going to give you my telephone number so you have no excuses,” Rice said. “Call me, we can do the hill, we can train together.” “I heard a lot of people can’t make it up that hill,” Johnson said. “That’s all right,” Rice said. “I’ll get you there.” Brown targets 3-4 weeks Defensive end Courtney Brown, who dislocated his left elbow last week, said he was doing well and hoped to come back in three or four weeks. Brown said he didn’t know if he’d be back for Denver’s final preseason game Sept. 2. Brown, who has been plagued with injury problems in his career, said he was trying not to think about his streak of bad luck. “You can’t focus on that,” Brown said. “You go through things in life and you have to push through it.” Clarett recovering Running back Maurice Clarett is in Denver working out and receiving treatment for a groin injury. The Broncos hope he’s ready to practice Monday when the team returns to its headquarters. Clarett had a magnetic resonance imaging Tuesday that showed no muscle tears, but he didn’t make the trip to Houston with the team. Clarett has been stuck on the depth chart as the team’s fifth running back. “If you don’t play, you can’t move up the depth chart,” Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. “The main thing we have to do is get him ready.” More injury updates Defensive tackle Gerard Warren (hamstring) didn’t participate in any team drills Wednesday. Cornerback Champ Bailey (hamstring) and Rice (foot) didn’t practice in the morning but Rice did in the afternoon.
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