Hopkins won't play in the Pro Bowl due to a calf injury, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. In the Texans' season finale, Hopkins' notable Iron Man streak ended at 79 games to start his career, and the calf concern will prohibit the wide receiver from partaking in the NFL's annual exhibition of all-stars. With his focus on rehabbing his calf and rebuilding his rapport with Deshaun Watson (knee), Hopkins will enter the 2018 season as one of the hottest commodities at his position. Despite the Week 17 absence, Hopkins ranked first in touchdown receptions with 13 (or three more than second place), fourth in receiving with 1,378 yards and sixth with 96 receptions during his fifth campaign.
Hopkins, who missed the final game of the regular season with a calf injury, finished 2017 with a career-high 13 touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass in a franchise-high 10 different games. Hopkins managed to retain his fantasy relevance in 2017 despite some inferior quarterback play after rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson suffered a season-ending knee injury during practice leading up to Week 8. He averaged more targets per game, yards per catch and yards per game while catching passes from Tom Savage and T.J. Yates. With a healthy Watson expected back in time for training camp next summer, Hopkins and his fellow Clemson alum will build off the chemistry first established in 2017, when the duo hooked up for seven touchdowns in seven games.
Hopkins (calf) was officially ruled out for Sunday's game against the Colts. Missing his first career regular-season game was an outcome that Hopkins acknowledged being resigned to earlier Friday. Now that it's official, Braxton Miller is in line to start at wideout for the Texans opposite Will Fuller on Sunday, per the Houston Chronicle.
Hopkins (calf) acknowledged Friday that he won't be able to play in Sunday's game against the Colts, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports. Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said Thursday that Hopkins would be a game-time decision, though it previously had been reported that the wideout was unlikely to play. Hopkins admitted he was disappointed, as he's yet to miss a game in his five-year career and will now miss out on a chance to reach 100 catches and 1,500 yards for a second time in three seasons. He even had an outside shot at the wideout triple crown, sitting 155 yards shy of Antonio Brown (calf) and seven catches behind Jarvis Landry while already leading the position with 13 touchdowns. Hopkins' absence likely will be confirmed Friday afternoon when the Texans release their final injury report.
Coach Bill O'Brien relayed Thursday that a decision on whether Hopkins (calf) will play in Sunday's season finale against the Colts will be made before game time, Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official site reports. Previous reports suggested that the wideout was likely to miss his first regular-season game since entering the NFL in 2013, but O'Brien fell short of that conclusion. Still, with the Texans sitting at 4-11, we doubt that the team will push Hopkins to play at much less than 100 percent in Week 17. To date, the 25-year-old has logged a fantasy-friendly 96 catches for 1,378 yards and 13 TDs over the course of 15 games.
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