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Texans rookie WR DeAndre Hopkins sidelined with concussion

8/18/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

The Houston Texans will be without a new offensive weapon who was expected to make their passing game truly dynamic this season, after coach Gary Kubiak confirmed that DeAndre Hopkins had suffered a concussion in Saturday’s preseason win over the Miami Dolphins.
 
Rookie wide receiver Hopkins was pulled out of the game after taking a hit to the head at some point during the first half Saturday night. Hopkins remained in the locker room for five minutes, while being evaluated by team trainers for a concussion, before the Texans announced that he will not return for the second half of the game.
 
“He got a concussion,” Kubiak told reporters after the game. “I don’t know exactly what play it happened on… I just know that we ran another play actually on the interception, and he looked like his legs went out from under him.”
 
“He just didn't run the route, didn't get his depth, stumbling all over the place,”Kubiak added. “I told (wide receivers coach) Larry (Kirksey) to check on him and then we got him out."
 
While Kubiak indicated that Hopkins was “fine,” he will still have to undergo league-mandated concussion protocol featuring a variety of tests before he can be cleared to return.
 
Hopkins had an impressive offseason as well as training camp, and was now carrying on that success into the preseason. He scored his first career touchdown (a 34-yarder)  in the Texans’ first preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings last week. In his second-preseason game, the first-round pick had two receptions for 22 yards before suffering the head injury.
 
At the very least, the concussion puts Hopkins at risk of missing next week’s preseason game against the New Orleans Saints.
 
However, assuming Hopkins recovers in time for the regular season, the Texan’s No. 27 overall pick of the 2013 NFL draft should still wind up as the No.2 wideout after starter Andre Johnson.
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