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Texans’ DeAndre Hopkins reacts to Demaryius Thomas’ devastating Achilles injury

DeAndre Hopkins Demaryius Thomas

Houston Texans wide receiver Demaryius Thomas tore his Achilles during his team’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, knocking him out for the remainder of the season and putting his career in jeopardy.

The Texans traded for Thomas midway through the season in order to bolster their receiving corps.

Fellow Houston wide out DeAndre Hopkins was shaken by the injury, saying that Thomas not only helps the Texans on the field, but off the field, as well, according to Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk:

“He has not been here that long, but everyone looks up to him,” Hopkins said. “Everyone asks him questions, not just about football, but life questions. He is a big brother to a lot of guys in the locker room. When he came here, everyone was picking his brain. For him to go out the way that he did, I hated that for him. Hopefully, he heals fast and we overcome this tough loss.”

In seven games with Houston this season, Demaryius Thomas caught 23 passes for 275 yards and a couple of touchdowns. In 15 games between the Denver Broncos and the Texans overall, he hauled in 59 receptions for 677 yards and five scores.

The 30-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Georgia Tech, was originally selected by the Broncos in the first round (22nd pick overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.

He made four Pro Bowls during his time in Denver, with his best season coming in 2014 when he racked up 1,619 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Houston dropped to 10-5 with its loss to the Eagles. In order to secure a first-round bye, it will need to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars next week and hope the New York Jets beat the New England Patriots.