|ADP:||Round: 1, Pick: 8|
|Ht / Wt:||6'1" / 214 lb.|
|Born:||June 6, 1992|
|Drafted:||2013 / Rd. 1 (27)|
Hopkins revealed that his shoulder injury in the playoffs involved ligaments tearing off the bone, but he nonetheless plans to be in top condition for the start of training camp, John McClain of The Houston Chronicle reports. "I plan to be," Hopkins said. "I'm resting my body and healing. This is going to be the best I've felt. I feel like I'm going to be better than ever."
Analysis: Hopkins was a constant on the Houston injury report in 2018, listed with thumb, ankle, foot and hamstring issues throughout the regular season, yet never missing a game. He then suffered an AC joint sprain in his shoulder during a playoff loss to Indianapolis, though it now sounds like the injury was a bit more serious than a typical sprain. After celebrating his 27th birthday last week, Hopkins doesn't sound even slightly concerned about his availability for training camp. He's missed one game through seven NFL seasons and has averaged 96.5 yards and 0.77 touchdowns in Deshaun Watson's 22 starts.
Hopkins (shoulder) isn't worried about his health and says he's excited to work with new offensive coordinator Tim Kelly, Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle reports. "Oh man, I'm good," Hopkins said. "I got a long time until our next game, so I'll be fine."
Analysis: Hopkins was listed on every injury report after Week 1 in 2018, but he never came close to missing any games despite dealing with thumb, ankle, foot and hamstring injuries. He then hurt the AC joint in his right shoulder during a playoff loss to the Colts, referring to the injury as a Grade 3 sprain after the game. It isn't entirely clear the initial diagnosis was accurate, as Hopkins' ability to continue playing might be taken as a hint that he actually suffered a Grade 2 sprain. In any case, it was probably an easy decision to withdraw from the Pro Bowl and focus on getting healthy before the Texans start their offseason program in mid-April. The team will have an offensive coordinator for the first time since 2016, with Kelly getting a promotion after coaching tight ends last season. Head coach Bill O'Brien still figures to run the show and call plays.
Hopkins (shoulder) has withdrawn from the Pro Bowl due to injury, Pat McManamon of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Hopkins was banged up entering Houston's wild-card loss to Indianapolis and went on to sprain the AC joint in his right shoulder before the final whistle. It's no surprise he'll drop out of the Pro Bowl in favor of rest. Cleveland's Jarvis Landry will take Hopkins' spot on the AFC roster.
Hopkins said he suffered a Grade 3 AC joint sprain in his right shoulder during Saturday's 21-7 loss to the Colts, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Hopkins' ability to play through such an injury indicates a certain level of pain tolerance. While he finished the game with five catches (on 10 targets) for 37 yards, he managed a 2-11-0 line on five looks after picking up the issue late in the first half. Hopkins will have the entire offseason to get healthy, but may be hard-pressed to fulfill his election to the Pro-Bowl starting lineup on Jan. 27.
Despite being a limited participant again Thursday, Hopkins (ankle) does not carry an injury tag into Saturday's wild-card game against the Colts.
Analysis: Hopkins has made a habit of being limited in practice throughout the season for various reasons, but it hasn't prevented him from missing a game yet this season. He should be all systems go for the wild-card game and will look to continue a stretch of three straight games with at least nine catches and 100 yards receiving. He has faced the Colts twice already this season, notching a touchdown in each game while combining for 14 grabs and 200 receiving yards.
Hopkins (ankle) practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Hopkins was a limited participant in the vast majority of practices during the regular season, typically listed with either a foot, ankle or thumb injury. He should be fine for Saturday's playoff game against a Colts team that allowed him to post a 14-205-2 receiving line on 22 targets in two previous matchups.
Hopkins (ankle) is listed as a limited participant on the Tuesday injury report.
Analysis: Consistently listed on the injury report, Hopkins never actually came close to missing a game this season. He caught 14 of 22 targets for 205 yards and two touchdowns in two matchups with the Colts during the regular season, doing most of that damage in the first meeting back in Week 4. He figures to stay busy during Saturday's playoff game.
Hopkins caught 12 of 16 passes for 147 yards during Sunday's 20-3 win over the Jaguars.
Analysis: Like Vanessa William's love, Hopkins saved the best for last this year -- ending the regular season with season highs in catches and targets all while topping 100 yards for the third consecutive week. Hopkins made multiple highlight-reel catches Sunday, including a 43-yarder over Jalen Ramsey that set up a fourth-quarter field goal. Next up is either Indianapolis or Tennessee and Hopkins has played well against both this season. Against Tennessee, he's tallied 11 catches off of 17 targets for 184 yards and a score this season while he's notched 14 catches off of 22 targets for 205 yards and two touchdowns against the Colts, though the vast majority of that production came in their first meeting.
Hopkins (ankle) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.
Analysis: After maintaining a limited standing on Texans injury reports all week, Hopkins was cleared to suit up as he normally does on gameday. In his first matchup of the season with the Jags in Week 7, he compiled three catches (on eight targets) for 50 yards and one touchdown. However, Jacksonville's defense will be without No. 2 cornerback A.J. Bouye (toe), which could open up more opportunities for Hopkins.
Hopkins (ankle) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Hopkins might not be cleared for full participation Friday in the Texans' final practice of the week, but there doesn't seem to be any real concern for his status for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. After first tweaking his ankle in the Week 15 win over the Jets, Hopkins took a questionable designation into the Week 16 loss to the Eagles, but ultimately played every snap of the contest and finished with nine receptions for 104 yards.
Hopkins (ankle) was limited at practice Wednesday.
Analysis: There was some intrigue regarding Hopkins' Week 16 status, but the wideout was on the field for all 65 of the Texans' snaps on offense in the team's 32-30 loss to the Eagles, en route to logging nine catches on 12 targets for 104 yards. With no setbacks in that contest it seems safe to assume that Hopkins' limitations Wednesday were maintenance-related.
Hopkins caught nine of 12 targets for 104 yards in Sunday's 32-30 loss to Philadelphia.
Analysis: Hopkins battled an ankle issue during the week but was able to turn in his second straight 100-yard effort. However, it marked just the second time this season that the 26-year-old had back-to-back 100-yard games. Unfortunately, he was held out of the end zone for the first time in three weeks. The Clemson product has a tough test Week 17 at home against Jacksonville, against whom he caught just three passes for 50 yards and a touchdown in Week 7.
Hopkins (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Eagles.
Analysis: A true game-time decision heading into the day, Hopkins gained clearance to play after completing a pregame workout without any apparent issues. With the Texans still jockeying for playoff positioning, Hopkins should be in store for a normal snap count while filling his usual high-volume role in the Houston aerial attack.
Hopkins (ankle) is in line to play Sunday against the Eagles, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Per the report, the wideout -- who had been on the field testing out his ankle -- indicated to Palmer that he'll be good to go Sunday, an anticipated outcome that will be confirmed either way once the Texans' inactives are released in advance of team's 1:00 ET kickoff.
Hopkins (ankle), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles, expects to play, but will go through a pregame workout before the Texans decide on his fate, a source told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Analysis: Hopkins has been regularly limited in practices this season primarily for maintenance purposes, but his restrictions in the Texans' Week 16 sessions
Hopkins (ankle) is listed as questionable but is expected to play Sunday against the Eagles, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Seeing Hopkins on the injury report heading into the weekend raises an eyebrow, but the standout wide receiver has played through several nicks all season. His presence on the field becomes more important this weekend with starting running back Lamar Miller (ankle) also questionable.
Hopkins (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles after practicing in a limited fashion all week.
Analysis: The "questionable" designation implies that Hopkins, who has been an injury-report regular this season (but has yet to miss a game) is a bit more banged up than usual. Still, we'd be very surprised if he didn't suit up this weekend, with his active status a likely outcome that will be confirmed in advance of the first wave of kickoffs Sunday, with the Texans and Eagles squaring off at 1:00 ET. Assuming he plays, Hopkins -- who has been targeted 33 times over his last three outings -- will be in line to handle a high-volume role in the Houston offense in Week 16.
Hopkins (ankle) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Hopkins has been a mainstay on the Texans' injury reports all season, but he may be hurting a bit more than normal this week after he remained down on the field for a few moments when he rolled his ankle late in Saturday's win over the Jets. Though he stayed in the game and hauled in the game-winning touchdown, Hopkins could have his reps capped through Friday in order to ensure he's in optimal health for this weekend's contest in Philadelphia. Even if Hopkins ends up carrying a questionable designation into the game, it would be a surprise if he sits out with Houston still clawing for a playoff spot.
Hopkins (ankle) was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday.
Analysis: Hopkins' ability to practice Wednesday puts him on the right track in advance of Sunday's game against the Eagles. It remains to be seen, however, if the Texans' top wideout ends up listed as questionable come Friday, or approaches this weekend's contest minus an injury designation.
Hopkins (ankle) practiced Wednesday, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Hopkins rolled his ankle in this past Saturday's win over the Jets, but his presence at practice Wednesday is a good sign with regard to his Week 16 availability. Look for the wideout to be officially listed as limited on the team's Wednesday practice/injury report.
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