DeAndre Hopkins Injury: Updates on Texans Star's Knee and Return

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

Houston Texans' DeAndre Hopkins (10) before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. The Panthers won 24-17. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
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Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is battling a knee injury but won't miss any game time.

Continue for updates.

Hopkins Active for Week 11

Sunday, Nov. 22

Texans PR announced that Hopkins is not on the inactive list for Houston's game against the New York Jets.

Latest on Hopkins' Practice Status

Friday, Nov. 20

The Texans announced Hopkins was limited in today's sessions after he missed practice on Thursday and Wednesday.

O'Brien Comments on Hopkins' Availability

Thursday, Nov. 19

Head coach Bill O'Brien said he thinks Hopkins will "be able to go" Sunday, per Drew Dougherty of Texans TV.

Hopkins Comments on Injury

Thursday, Nov. 19

"I'm good," Hopkins said, per the Texans. "I'm 100 percent."

How Hopkins' Presence Impacts Texans

Hopkins has ascended into a revered realm of receivers over the past year-and-a-half, but he's encountered injury struggles along the way. 

Not only did he have offseason surgery to repair a torn ligament in his wrist, but the third-year wideout suffered a concussion in the Texans' Week 2 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

But when he has been healthy, he's stood out as Houston's most explosive weapon on an offense that isn't exactly replete with field-stretchers. 

"This is my second year in (O'Brien's) offense, so I feel like I'm only improving (my) knowledge of this offense, defensive coverages, being where I'm supposed to be and running the right route," Hopkins said on Sept. 8, according to the Houston Chronicle's John McClain

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If Hopkins is forced to miss time this season, veterans Cecil Shorts and Nate Washington will move up in the receiving pecking order. Rookie Jaelen Strong could also see an increase in snaps as the Texans search for sources of consistency on the outside. 

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