Johnson suffered the injury in the second quarter. After having X-rays that returned negative at halftime, Johnson did not remain in the game for long.
"I watched him the first play, we threw the ball the first play, and I wanted to see him run," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. "I did not think he could run the way he needs to ... so we took him out."
The 11-year veteran receiver tried to argue his case, but ultimately agreed with Kubiak.
"They thought the best thing was to sit it out because we still have a long season ahead of us," Johnson said. "You just kind of go back and forth with the coaches trying to tell them you're OK, hoping that it feels better, running around on the sideline, trying to do everything you can.
"I know when I went out there I couldn't play the way I am capable of playing. You see the film -- I'm limping out there around trying to play. You don't want to do anything that hurts your team. I'd rather have some guys that'll go out there and play better than you can."
Before leaving the game, Johnson caught five passes for 36 yards. Rookie receiver DeAndre Hopkins caught six passes for 60 yards, making him the Texans' leaving receiver two weeks in a row.
Johnson did not finish last week's game either after suffering a concussion late in the fourth quarter against the Tennessee Titans. He was listed as probable on the injury report, but returned fully to practice Friday and started Sunday.