Hopkins acknowledged that he played through a painful rib injury Sunday in the Texans' 51-31 loss to the Chiefs in the divisional round, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
It's unclear at which point in the contest Hopkins suffered the injury, but after a brief examination in the locker room, he was deemed fit to return to action. Despite finishing the day with nine receptions for 118 yards on 14 targets, Hopkins' efforts weren't enough for the Houston offense to keep pace with a Patrick Mahomes-led attack that caught fire in the second quarter. The first-team All-Pro selection shouldn't be impacted by the injury by the time OTAs kick off in the spring, though he could opt to sit out the Pro Bowl next weekend for maintenance purposes.
Hopkins corralled nine of 14 targets for 118 yards and fumbled once during Sunday's 51-31 divisional-round loss to the Chiefs.
The All-World receiver unsurprisingly dominated the target share with Houston's season on the line, commanding six more looks than any other Texan on Sunday and nearly 30 percent of the passing-game workload over the past two weeks combined. Hopkins' production picked up drastically after a slow start during the first quarter of the regular season. He averaged 85.7 receiving yards per game from Week 5 through Sunday's divisional-round defeat after managing 64.8 yards per contest between Weeks 1 and 4. He's now earned three consecutive All-Pro nods as well and is poised to earn $12.5 million in 2020.
Hopkins caught six of eight targets for 90 yards in Saturday's 22-19 overtime win over the Bills. He also caught a two-point conversion.
The entire Texans offense was stagnant in the first half as the team faced a 13-0 deficit heading into the third quarter, and things didn't seem much better for Houston coming out of halftime after Hopkins lost a fumble on his first catch of the game. He got rolling after that, however, making two big grabs to help set up a Deshaun Watson TD run that got the team on the board, and Hopkins was huge in the fourth quarter and OT as they completed the comeback. The All-Pro ended up leading all players in receiving yards in the game, and he could be in line for another big performance next Sunday in Kansas City in the AFC divisional round -- in five career games against the Chiefs, Hopkins has 32 catches for 394 yards and a remarkable seven touchdowns.
Hopkins did not play in Sunday's 35-14 loss to the Titans in Week 17.
Texans head coach Bill O'Brien sat many regulars, including several that didn't dress. Hopkins developed an illness during the practice week, and the coach felt no need to expose him in what turned out to be a meaningless game for Houston.
Though Hopkins (illness) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Titans, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle indicates that the wideout is "expected to play sparingly" in the contest.
The Texans still have a chance move up from the AFC's No. 4 seed to the No. 3 spot with a win Sunday and a Kansas City loss, but it sounds like the team is inclined to proceed cautiously with Hopkins, especially if the Chiefs hold on to their third-quarter lead over the Chargers. With Kenny Stills (knee) and Will Fuller (groin) inactive, look for DeAndre Carter, Keke Coutee and Steven Mitchell to handle the bulk of the team's Week 17 wideout duties.
Hopkins (illness), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans, is expected to be active for the contest but won't be in line to play much, a source told Dianna Russini of ESPN.
The Texans can move up from the AFC's No. 4 seed to the No. 3 spot with a win and a Kansas City loss, but coach Bill O'Brien apparently isn't inclined to expose Hopkins or quarterback Deshaun Watson (back) to injury with the postseason on the horizon. Houston may already be locked into the No. 4 seed by the time the 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff arrives, as the Chiefs host the Chargers as part of the 1 p.m. ET slate. With Will Fuller (groin) out, Hopkins in line to see limited work, and Watson expected to serve as a backup, AJ McCarron will direct an offense lacking in its usual firepower.
Hopkins (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans after not practicing Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Though coach Bill O'Brien has indicated that the Texans plan to play to win Sunday's contest, Houston would be unable to change its playoff seed if the Chiefs beat the Chargers. Considering Kansas City kicks off at 1 p.m. ET and the Texans don't play until 4:25 p.m. ET, O'Brien could choose to rest or limit key players like Hopkins, even if they aren't included among the team's inactives.
Hopkins (illness) wasn't at practice Friday, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.
The Texans will provide an update on Hopkins with the release of their final regular-season injury report later Friday. Even if Hopkins avoids an injury designation, there's some risk that he might not play or potentially have a reduced role in Week 17. The Chiefs and Chargers kick off at 1 p.m. Sunday, and a win by Kansas City would render the outcome of the Texans' regular-season finale -- which begins at 4:25 p.m. ET -- meaningless, with regards to Houston's playoff seeding.
Hopkins (illness) logged a limited practice Thursday.
Hopkins was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's practice estimate, but his return to work Thursday suggests that he'll be available for Sunday's contest versus the Titans. Friday's injury report will reveal whether the Texans' top wideout approaches the weekend listed as questionable or free of a Week 17 injury designation.
Hopkins (illness) was present for practice Thursday, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.
The wideout was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's practice estimate, but his presence on the field Thursday suggests that he'll be fine for Sunday's game against the Titans. We'll relay Hopkins' listed participant level once the team's Thursday practice report is submitted.
Hopkins (illness) was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's practice estimate.
At this stage, Hopkins' illness is unlikely to impact his status for Sunday's game against the Titans, but coach Bill O'Brien could still choose to rest or limit the workloads of some of the Texans' key players, with an eye toward protecting them for the postseason. For his part, O'Brien told Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle that the Texans plan to play to win Sunday. Wilson notes that if the Chiefs beat the Chargers in a game that kicks off at 1 p.m. ET, the Texans' playoff seeding can't be affected by the result of the team's regular-season finale, which kicks off at 4:25 p.m. ET.
Hopkins caught five of nine targets for 23 yards during Saturday's 23-20 win over Tampa Bay.
Hopkins' 23 yards were his smallest output since Week 6 of the 2017 season as Tampa Bay's defenders did well in keeping him in front of them, his longest gain of the day mustering just seven yards. Saturday was an overall sloppy performance by the Texans offense and it'd be foolish to overthink Hopkins' output, especially considering he entered Saturday with at least 90 yards in three of his prior four games. The regular season ends next Sunday against a Titans defense that surrendered 119 yards to Hopkins in Week 15, his second highest total of the season.
Hopkins (illness) does not carry an injury designation for Saturday's game against the Buccaneers after returning to a full practice Thursday.
Hopkins sat out Wednesday's practice, but his return to a full session Thursday paves the way for the Texans' top wideout to suit up this weekend. 14 games into his 2019 campaign, Hopkins -- who has topped 100 receiving yards in back-to-back outings -- has logged a fantasy-friendly 99/1,142/7 stat line.
Hopkins (illness) was back at practice Thursday, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.
Hopkins sat out practice Wednesday due to an illness, but the wideout's return to the field Thursday puts him on track to suit up Saturday against the Buccaneers. We'll circle back on Hopkins' status once the Texans' final Week 16 injury report is submitted to confirm, either way, whether he heads into the weekend minus an injury designation.
Hopkins didn't practice Wednesday due to an illness.
Hopkins should have ample time to recover before Saturday's game against the Buccaneers. A return to practice Thursday in any capacity would be the first step toward clearing up any doubt about the wideout's Week 16 status.
Hopkins brought in six of eight targets for 119 yards in the Texans' 24-21 win over the Titans on Sunday.
Hopkins paced the Texans in receptions, receiving yardage and targets on the afternoon, consistently beating the Titans' porous coverage. The multi-time Pro Bowler now has back-to-back 100-yard games for only the second time this season, and he's just one reception away from a second consecutive 100-catch campaign. Hopkins will be primed for another fruitful fantasy day on fantasy championship weekend for many leagues when he sees the Buccaneers' lackluster secondary in a Week 16 matchup Saturday.
Hopkins caught seven of 13 targets for 120 yards and a touchdown while adding a 12-yard carry in Sunday's 38-24 loss to Denver.
Hopkins scored a 43-yard touchdown in the third quarter with his team trailing 38-3. He also made a 19-yard catch on fourth-and-18 in the fourth quarter, leaving his imprint on the game even in a blowout loss. Hopkins' 120 receiving yards were a season high, and fantasy owners won't care that most of his production came in garbage time. He'll remain a must-start WR1 against the Titans in Week 15.
Hopkins recorded five catches (eight targets) for 64 yards in Sunday's 28-22 win over New England. He also threw for a six-yard touchdown pass on a trick play.
Hopkins drew a tough matchup against Stephon Gilmore -- widely considered the best man-to-man corner in the game -- so the pedestrian stat line (by his standards) shouldn't come as a huge surprise. The 27-year-old still led all Houston receivers with 64 yards in a contest where Deshaun Watson spread the ball out to eight different targets. The star wideout did contribute a score in an unconventional way, throwing his first career touchdown pass to quarterback Deshaun Watson on a gadget play. Hopkins is having a down year (86 receptions, 903 yards and six touchdowns) when factoring in his price tag on draft day, and things won't get any easier next week against Denver's fifth-ranked pass defense (207.5 passing yards allowed per game).
Hopkins secured six of eight targets for 94 yards and two touchdowns in the Texans' 20-17 win over the Colts on Thursday.
Hopkins was likely due for some touchdowns after recording only four over his first 10 games, but it was the way he got in the end zone Thursday that was particularly eye-catching. Hopkins crossed the goal line from 35 and 30 yards in the second and fourth quarter, respectively, the latter score proving to be the difference in the contest. The multi-time Pro Bowler clearly seemed to benefit from the return of speedy teammate Will Fuller (hamstring) to the lineup, as Hopkins was able to exploit what appeared to be man coverage on his pair of touchdowns. He'll look to continue thriving in a particularly tough matchup versus the Patriots in a Week 13 showdown, a week from Sunday.
Hopkins secured seven of 12 targets for 80 yards in the Texans' 41-7 loss to the Ravens on Sunday.
Hopkins' line paced the Texans' pass-catching corps across the board, but it was a mostly empty line in the grand scheme of things. The Pro Bowler does have at least 80 receiving yards in three of the past four games, and he's logged no less than seven catches in six consecutive contests, giving him one of the most solid fantasy floors of any receiver. Hopkins will look to continue producing versus the Colts in a Week 12 Thursday night divisional matchup.
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