Hopkins didn't play in Saturday's preseason game against the 49ers, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
For the second exhibition in a row, Deshaun Watson will be without his top target in the Texans' passing attack. Hopkins' health isn't in question, so he likely will earn some snaps next Saturday against the Rams in order to refresh his rapport with Watson.
Hopkins (personal) returned to practice Thursday, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.
Hopkins has been away from the team for two days to attend to a personal matter, but as expected, is back in camp Thursday. It was an excused absence, and not a matter that is expected to affect his 2018 outlook.
Hopkins was excused from training camp Tuesday and will miss Wednesday as well due to personal reasons, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Head coach Bill O'Brien confirmed Hopkins' status. The All-Pro wide receiver is expected to return Thursday.
Hopkins (calf) said he expects himself and Deshaun Watson (knee) to be the best quarterback and wideout tandem in the NFL during the upcoming season, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.
Hopkins actually managed just fine after Watson suffered a torn ACL in early November, but the rest of the Houston offense torpedoed, with the team ultimately losing nine of its final 10 games. While Watson's recovery will require close monitoring as the season approaches, Hopkins likely is back to full strength for the start of the offseason program, as the calf injury that sidelined him for Week 17 hasn't been mentioned since he used it as an excuse to skip the Pro Bowl in late January. Hopkins has only missed the one game in five professional seasons, averaging 82.6 catches for 1,173 yards and 7.3 touchdowns annually.
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.
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|2||9/16/18||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|4||9/30/18||@ IND||1:00 pm|
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