Thompson (concussion) has returned to practice, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Thompson's concussion kept him out of competition for about a month so he'll have some ground to make up in the receiver position battles department. It's unclear what the Texans' plans are for Thompson down the road, but it seems as if his preseason showing could heavily sway the organization's feel about him in the short term.
Thompson has cleared concussion protocol, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Thompson has been sidelined for a pair of weeks while recovering from the issue and appears to be ready to return after a pair of weeks on the sidelines. The second-year wideout made five grabs and contributed as a returner, though it's unclear if he's expected to repeat in that role this season.
Thompson caught all three of his targets for a team-high 54 yards in Sunday's 22-13 loss to the Colts.
Thompson was already moved up the depth chart for the game when DeAndre Hopkins (calf) was made inactive, then moved up another notch when Will Fuller was removed due to a knee injury. The undrafted free agent made more of an impact as a kick returner in 2017 and should be in the mix for the same job next season, if the Texans bring him back in 2018.
Thompson exclusively played special teams in Sunday's 26-16 loss to the 49ers.
Thompson was expected to have a role in the Texans offense in some form with receivers Bruce Ellington (hamstring) on injured reserve and Braxton Miller (concussion) inactive, but DeAndrew White saw exclusive snaps as the team's No. 3 receiver Sunday. Thompson has only two receptions for 30 yards on the season and hasn't seen consistent targets, even in his most involved offensive games.
Thompson moved up a spot on the depth chart earlier this week when Bruce Ellington (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve, and at least for Week 14, he'll climb up another peg with Miller still in the concussion protocol. While the Texans dealt with numerous injuries at wideout in last week's loss to the Titans, Thompson saw a season-high 50 snaps, but that only translated to one catch for 11 yards on two targets. Thompson could see similarly generous playing time Sunday, but it's unlikely he'll rank as a primary read in the passing game for quarterback Tom Savage.
|4||9/30/18||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|9||11/4/18||@ DEN||4:05 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|11||11/18/18||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
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