Houston Texans star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins reportedly sat out of practice on Wednesday due to a concussion. Hopkins finished Houston’s week two contest against the Carolina Panthers are recorded five catches for 53 yards, but the late news on his concussion could suggest he may be in doubt for week three.
DeAndre Hopkins didn’t practice due to concussion, Jonathan Grimes has a relatively minor knee injury
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) September 23, 2015
Hopkins could still return to practice on Thursday or Friday and be fine for the team’s week three date with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but concussions are unpredictable and can linger. San Diego tight end Ladarius Green had a similar situation going into week one and ended up being active, while Cleveland quarterback Josh McCown failed to pass through the NFL’s concussion protocol and sat out last week. Cecil Shorts III and Nate Washington would start if Hopkins were to sit out this week, while rookie receiver Jaelen Strong could also potentially see extensive action.
A concussion by itself is always cause for concern, but the fact that we’re hearing about it now on Wednesday afternoon is odd. It’s not clear when/how Hopkins sustained the concussion, but it doesn’t matter. The reality is he only has a few days to get cleared and be ready for a big week three game. Hopkins is a WR1 play across the board if healthy, but this obviously means you may have to plan to be without him this week. Both Washingtin and Shorts would be interesting sleepers in all formats given how ineffective Houston’s rushing offense has been.