Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins activated from PUP list
The Houston Texans have activated wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins from the physically unable to perform list, according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk.
Hopkins had been nursing shoulder and ankle injuries but was not expected to miss significant time. The shoulder injury originally occurred during the Texans’ Wild Card Round playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
Hopkins is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he played all 16 games and hauled in 115 receptions for 1,572 yards and 11 touchdowns en route to a Pro Bowl appearance and a First-Team All-Pro selection.
The 27-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Clemson University, was originally selected by Houston in the first round (27th pick overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.
He appeared in all 16 contests during his rookie year, catching 52 passes for 802 yards and a couple of scores. Then, the following year, Hopkins snared 76 balls for 1,210 yards while reaching the end zone six times.
The Central, S.C. native would go on to make his first Pro Bowl in 2015, racking up 111 catches for 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns. Hopkins then had a slightly disappointing season in 2016, finishing with 78 receptions for 954 yards and four scores, but he rebounded in a big way in 2017, catching 96 passes for 1,378 yards and a league-leading 13 touchdowns.
Hopkins has missed just one game in his NFL career.
The Texans are coming off of a 2018 campaign in which they won 11 games and captured the AFC South division title before ultimately losing to the Colts in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs.
Since becoming an NFL franchise back in 2002, Houston has not made it past the Divisional Round.