HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Texans top wideout DeAndre Hopkins missed practice for the second straight day as he recovers from a concussion.
Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien said at his Thursday press conference that Hopkins began feeling the symptoms of the concussion on Monday when he came to the team facility.
Hopkins is currently going through the NFL’s concussion protocol and must clear through all stages before he is able to return to the field.
O’Brien would not know if Hopkins would be available for Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay. He was optimistic about his return.
“I was told today that he looked pretty good,” O’Brien. “He has to pass the concussion test in order to play, but I was told he feels and looks pretty good today.”
Hopkins is the latest injury for an offensive starter for the Texans. Arian Foster, who did practice again on Thursday, has missed most of training camp and the entire regular season recovering from groin surgery. Starting left tackle Duane Brown played in the opener versus Kansas City then sat out week two versus Carolina. He missed practice again on Thursday.
If Hopkins cannot play, veteran wideout Nate Washington would likely slide over to be the first option at wide receiver. He has frequently been targeted in the first two games with nine receptions and 168 yards receiving.
Also out at practice on Thursday for the second straight day was reserve running back Jonathan Grimes. O’Brien said Grimes would be a game time decision and do have other potential options at running back.
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