Houston Texans wide receiver Nate Washington (hamstring) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Indianapolis Colts , the Houston Chronicle reports.
Fellow wideout Cecil Shorts has also been ruled out, which sets the stage for the likes of Keith Mumphrey, Chandler Worthy and Jaelen Strong to see added opportunities behind top wideout DeAndre Hopkins in Week 5.
For those looking for a direct replacement for either Washington or Shorts, Mumphery (who had four catches this past Sunday) looks like best option.
Houston Texans running back DeAndre Hopkins caught nine of a whopping 22 targets for 157 yards in Sunday's blowout loss to the Atlanta Falcons .
Hopkins was targeted on 22 of the 57 passes attempted by quarterbacks Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer , and parlayed the heavy attention into a very solid outing. The third-year receiver is having an excellent season, as he has proven his ability to succeed regardless of whether the Texans are forced to air it out or not.
With Houston off to a slow start in 2015, this may not be the last time Hopkins pushes 20 targets in a game.
Hopkins suffered a concussion last weekend and was unable to practice Wednesday and Thursday, but he cleared through concussion protocol and practiced fully Friday, allowing him to play Sunday. Hopkins has been one of the best receivers in the NFL this season, with 22 catches on 38 targets for 252 yards and three touchdowns in only three games.
He'll continue to get a large share of the passes from quarterback Ryan Mallett, with a very favorable Week 4 matchup against the Falcons.
As expected, Hopkins will suit up after successfully navigating the concussion protocol this week. With a friendly matchup on tap - Tampa Bay has allowed 15 yards per catch and three touchdowns to wideouts in 2015 - he's a good bet to keep up his early-season pace. Hopkins has 14 receptions for 151 yards and two scores in two games.
Hopkins emerged from Week 2 with a concussion and failed to take the practice field either Wednesday or Thursday. However, a full slate of drills Friday appears to be forecasting an active status Sunday, which the Texans will officially confirm 90 minutes before the 1 PM ET kickoff.
Through two games, the Buccaneers have given up just shy of 15 yards per catch and three touchdowns to wide receivers, which bodes well for Hopkins' Week 3 potential.
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