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Texans’ DeAndre Hopkins suffered broken rib in loss to Chiefs

DeAndre Hopkins, Texans, Chiefs

Houston Texans star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins sustained a broken rib last week in his team’s AFC Divisional Round loss against the Super Bowl–bound Kansas City Chiefs.

The 27-year-old DeAndre Hopkins reportedly played the second half of the Texan’s playoff loss with the broken rib, according to the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain.

DeAndre Hopkins, in that game, finished with nine receptions for 118 yards; in the second half alone he had nearly 60 yards on four catches. Despite being bounced from the postseason, the Texans wideout will not participate in this weekend’s 2020 NFL Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida, due to the rib injury.

The Texans and DeAndre Hopkins fell to the eventual conference champion Chiefs, who defeated the Tennessee Titans on Sunday to earn their first Super Bowl berth since January of 1970, when Kansas City won the pre-merger Super Bowl IV. Their opponents, however, are the NFC champion San Francisco 49ers, who have been much more accomplished in the franchise’s history, including an appearance in the big game as recent as seven years ago, losing to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.

DeAndre Hopkins had another fantastic year lined up wide for franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson in the Texans’ offense. He finished the regular season with 104 receptions for 1,165 yards, scoring seven touchdowns in 15 games.

Houston and DeAndre Hopkins lost in the second round of the playoffs after besting the Buffalo Bills in the wild card round the week prior to their Chiefs defeat. The conference title-game shortcoming comes a year after Bill O’Brien’s squad lost in the wild card game. Prior to failing to reach the playoffs during the 2017 season, the Texans previously appeared in the postseason in two consecutive years, getting as far as the divisional round, too—the furthest Houston has advanced in the franchise’s short history.

DeAndre Hopkins has a full offseason in which to regroup and make another run at glory in 2020.