Houston Texans

AFC South

2013 Schedule

  • Week 1

    SD (28) @ HOU (31)

    09/09/13

  • Week 2

    TEN (24) @ HOU (30)

    09/15/13

  • Week 3

    HOU (9) @ BAL (30)

    09/22/13

  • Week 4

    SEA (23) @ HOU (20)

    09/29/13

  • Week 5

    HOU (3) @ SF (34)

    10/06/13

  • Week 6

    STL (38) @ HOU (13)

    10/13/13

  • Week 7

    HOU (16) @ KC (17)

    10/20/13

  • Week 8

    bye

  • Week 9

    IND (27) @ HOU (24)

    11/03/13

  • Week 10

    HOU (24) @ ARI (27)

    11/10/13

  • Week 11

    OAK (28) @ HOU (23)

    11/17/13

  • Week 12

    JAC (13) @ HOU (6)

    11/24/13

  • Week 13

    NE (34) @ HOU (31)

    12/01/13

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

The PYRO Fantasy Football Depth Chart is a rundown of where Team PYRO projects the fantasy production for each team at each position. It is NOT an attempt to inform you of the current starters for each team. For example, we are well aware that Brandon Manumaleuna is currently the starting TE for the Chicago Bears, but if you look at the Bears Team Page, we have Greg Olsen listed at TE. Why? We’re projecting that Greg Olsen will be the most Fantasy Football relevant TE for the Bears this season. Since Olsen will be the Bears leading FF point scorer at TE, it’s his name at the top of the TE column on our PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart.

The Texan standard at wide receiver

andre johnson silences his critics


Andre Johnson is the best wide receiver to ever don a Houston Texans uniform, and is one of the all time greats at the position. Johnson is a physically imposing 6’2” and 220 pounds but also possesses sprinter speed. Johnson played on the vaunted Miami Hurricane teams of the early 2000’s that probably had more NFL talent than some NFL squads. Johnson and Ken Dorsey proved to be an effective combo in college as Johnson would catch 89 passes for 1,777 yards and 19 scores in two seasons together. The Pair would also be named Co-MVP’s of the 2002 Rose Bowl game as Johnson caught seven passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns.

While dominating on the football field at Miami, Johnson was also an accomplished sprinter winning the 60 and 100-meter dash for the Big East. Johnson ran his 100 in 10.59 seconds, a very impressive time for someone of his size. At the combine he would run a 4.4 forty and scouts would be drooling to get their hands on a guy that averaged 21 yards a catch his final season. Johnson would end up being drafted third overall after Carson Palmer and Charles Rodgers by the Houston Texans.

Johnson would go on to establish himself as one of the elite pass catchers in the NFL even without ever playing with an elite quarterback in his career. Johnson would go on to set just about every Texans receiving record in his career and establish himself as a top fantasy asset during his time in Houston. Johnson has started every game of his NFL career when healthy, constantly performing at a high level. Johnson is currently second in NFL history in yards per game at 80.4 trailing only Calvin Johnson. Another of Johnson’s accolades is that he is the first receiver in NFL history to catch 60 or more passes in each of his first eight seasons.

Johnson is currently the Texans all time leader in receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, and most starts. He is also the leader in single season receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. Andre is currently 17th on the all time receiving yardage list but with a few more productive seasons could find himself behind only Jerry Rice as one of the greatest to ever play the game.


 







 


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Mario Williams over Reggie Bush and Vince Young

mario williams take #1 overall in 2006 NFL draft


The 2006 NFL draft was one of the best in recent memory and had a number of story lines starting with what the Houston Texans would do with the number one overall pick on draft day. It was believed to be a three way race through the evaluation period between the favorite, Reggie Bush, the hometown hero, Vince Young, and the uber athletic Mario Williams. Each had a unique story coming into the draft, Reggie Bush had just won the Heisman Trophy over teammate Matt Lienart and Texas quarterback Vince Young who had just beaten USC in the National Championship game with his play. Vince Young had just completed one of the greatest college seasons ever and was a Texas hero after leading the Longhorns to a National Championship. Mario Williams was an athletic freak at 6’7” 290 pounds and ran a 4.7 forty-yard dash at the combine.

The 2005 incarnation of the Houston Texans finished 2-14, which was the worst record in franchise history, so they had holes all over the field. The team would also have newly hired Gary Kubiak in charge for the 2006 season so no change would be a surprise. Many draft analysts pegged the Texans to select Reggie Bush as the franchise’s leading rusher Domanick Davis suffered a knee injury in the 2005 season and was expected to miss some time. The team also was not sold on David Carr as he had been one of the most abused quarterbacks in the league and had a .291 career winning percentage. The Texans would spurn all analysts and select Mario Williams first overall, signing him to a contract the night before the draft. Reggie Bush would be selected second overall by the New Orleans Saints and Vince Young would be selected third overall by the Tennessee Titans.

The 2006 was an absolutely loaded draft as 18 of the 32 players selected in the first round would go on to make at least one Pro Bowl.  Mario Williams, Vince Young, and Reggie Bush would all make at least one Pro Bowl in their careers. Mario Williams would leave the Texans after the expiration of his six-year rookie contract for the Buffalo Bills. Upon leaving Williams was the franchise leader in sacks with 53 and forced fumbles with 11. Selecting Williams was one of the most talked about decisions of the 2006 NFL Draft but the case can be made that it paid off.


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Fitzpatrick now a Texan

The Houston Texans signed Ryan Fitzpatrick to a two year contract. Fitzpatrick will move over from the Titans, who he started nine games for and threw 2,454 yards and 14 touchdowns. He is a nine year veteran who has 77 starts in 85 appearances. He got the start in week 8 due to Jake Locker being injured, and out for the season.

Pyro's take: The well traveled Fitzpatrick has now made a home in 5 different cities in just 9 years. He has just been one of those players that nobody wants, unless he is a free-agent. Hell, he wasn't even drafted until the seventh (last) round of the NFL draft in 2005. With Fitzgerald coming to Houston, it forced Schaub to be traded to Oakland. Ryan will now be a starter in a strong offense, and can be had cheap, in most drafts.

03/21/14, 04:42 PM CDT by Michael Valverde
Source: www.usatoday.com

Hopkins' rookie season nearly on par with Andre's

Though the Houston Texans' 2013 first-round pick, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, might not have put together the season most were expecting, his final numbers were actually pretty close to what seven-time Pro-Bowler, Andre Johnson put up in his 2003 rookie season.


DeAndre Hopkins in 2013:
52 receptions, 802 yards, 2 TDs, 15.42 YPC

Andre Johnson in 2003:
66 receptions, 976 yards, 4 TDs, 14.79 YPC

(both players started all 16 games)

Pyro's take: Both of their quarterback situations were pretty darn awful ('Dre had a mix of David Carr, Tony Banks and Dave Ragone), so neither wide receiver had an advantage there, either.

I'm not going to say that Hopkins is headed down the same career path as Johnson, but if Houston can come up with some continuity at QB sometime in the next few years, DeAndre could have himself some nice fantasy seasons coming up.

01/29/14, 07:39 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Graham has hamstring injury

Garrett Graham has not practiced this week due to a hamstring injury, further depleting the depth at tight end.

“Well, he hasn’t practiced the last two days,” Phillips said. “We’re obviously worried about that. We’re down to two tight ends, but only one of them has played. And he’s played as a backup. (Ryan) Griffin’s really the only that’s played.”

The Texans may have to change their game plan if Graham is unable to play in Sunday’s game at Indianapolis.

“Yeah, we have that in our package to be able to put a tackle in at tight end, those kind of things,” Phillips said. “We still have a full back. We still have a two-back offense and we’d have to make some adjustments as far as two tight ends.”

Pyro's take: If Graham is unable to go it will increase the value of Tate and AJ this week. The Texans will likely try to run the ball more often and set up a lot of play action.

I would expect Johnson to be the main beneficiary of Graham missing the game, as Garrett has 46 targets over the last four weeks, and I know Andre will see the majority of those.

12/12/13, 04:48 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.houstontexans.com

Keenum says Texans are going to play "pissed off"

Texans quarterback Case Keenum believes the NFL’s worst team could be trouble for their final three opponents.

Keenum said Wednesday the 2-11 Texans are “pissed off” and know they’ve already been counted out. With two AFC South rivals (Indianapolis, Tennessee) and Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos still on the schedule during what has thus far been a lost season, Keenum thinks the Texans could surprise at the end of 2013.

“We’ve got nothing to lose and I think that’s pretty scary for other teams,” Keenum said at Reliant Stadium. “Because we’re really talented and have nothing to lose, and I think a lot of guys are pissed off. So, that’s kind of a scary combination.”

Pyro's take: It is true the Texans have nothing to lose the rest of the season, and Case should be a gunslinger for the rest of the season. That does not mean that he is a great start, but it could be great news for Andre Johnson.

If Keenum is letting it fly, it could lead to more turnovers, but it could also lead to a lot of long catches for Andre. Johnson is Keenum's number one target, and he should continue to be a viable fantasy weapon in your playoffs. Another player who will benefit from Case is Garrett Graham, who has seen 46 targets in the last four weeks.

12/11/13, 05:30 PM CST by Houdini
Source: blog.chron.com

Brown trying to be the man in New York

While Andre Brown has performed exceptionally well in the four games he has played for the Giants since returning from a broken left fibula, the fifth-year running back expects to see even more improvement.

“I still feel like I’m just scratching the surface of what my potential can be, and that comes with more playing time, more experience, more games,” he said after practice on Friday as Big Blue prepared to fly west and face the Chargers on Sunday. “I look at it, I’m still young because I haven’t been playing that many years. [My] first year [playing] was last year, but this is my fifth if you look at it in the league.”

“When you get your opportunity, you take advantage of it. When I’m healthy, I feel like I’m up there with the best of them. I’m going to continue to go, week after week.”

Pyro's take: Brown is coming off a tough game in terms of yardage, but he did score two touchdowns last week. Brown has tons of motviation, as he is playing for a chance to be the starter next year. If Brown continues to play well, there is no reason to believe that he will be the man in New York next season.

This week he gets his shot at the Chargers, who are middle of pack in terms of rushing defense. The Chargers are a good team in terms of time of possession, so Brown will be counted on to do the same for his team. Brown should be able to score in this game and is a must start if you own him.

12/07/13, 04:53 PM CST by Houdini
Source: nypost.com

Andre Brown ready for the Cowboys

RE: Weather

A: I’ve never played in the snow so that would be fun. The weather’s not going to, I guess it will affect us throwing or anything, but I just know that I’m going to go out there prepared and ready to go. No matter if it’s cold or hot or warm, I’m just going to be ready to go. Hopefully Dallas won’t like it being cold. Us being used to the cold weather could be an advantage but it is what it is.

Q: You didn’t play in that first game but that first game was so much about turnovers. Would you expect that it’s going to be big again?

A: Yeah, any Sunday you don’t want to have as many turnovers as we had. We had what, six? The bad thing is that we had six but there is also a good thing, a positive side that we were still in the game and probably still could have won. You want to eliminate the turnovers and play excellent football with the offense well-balanced. We want to be able to run and throw the ball real well but depending on the wind and all that stuff, who knows? As long as we go out there and put our best foot forward, I’m pretty sure that we’ll come out on top.

Pyro's take: The weather is supposed to be a big factor, which could mean a lot of running this week. This is a great week for that to happen for Brown.

The Cowboys are giving up the most points to running backs in fantasy this season at a clip of 24.6 points per game. Andre should see a heavy workload and be able to find some big holes, with Sean Lee missing from the defense this week. Brown is a must start this week.

11/23/13, 03:35 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.giants.com

Hopkins is the Kim Kardashian of Houston

Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins said Wednesday an obscene video issued from his Instagram account was the result of a hacker and the rookie was adamant he had nothing to do with the images.

“Negative: it’s not my genitals,” said Hopkins, who added his teammates were already making fun of him because of the video.

“These are like my brothers, so my brothers would joke about this as well,” Hopkins said. “It’s better days ahead.”

Hopkins thinks a “pretty simple” password led to the hack, which the rookie believes happened while he was in a team meeting Wednesday at Reliant Stadium. He was informed of the video by his girlfriend, who soon posted on Hopkins’ Twitter account his Instagram account had been hacked.

“Basically, she was like, ‘I know it’s not you. But, like, what happened?’ ” Hopkins said.

Pyro's take: This is one way to get noticed as a rookie. First it was Manti Te'o who was catfished, and now Hopkins has been hacked. There is no doubt that he is going to butt of many jokes, and it is too bad that the Texans are home for their next 3 games, because I would have liked to have seen some creative signs from opposing fans.

Hopkins is coming off a week where he had 11 targets, and his video is going to get 1,000,000 hits. DeAndre has a chance to let his game take attention away from this hacking episode with a nice match-up against the Raiders this week.

11/14/13, 05:27 PM CST by Houdini
Source: blog.chron.com

Brown is back for Giants

The Giants aren’t expecting miracles from Brown, or are they?

“Forty carries and 15 receptions, run the kickoff back,’’ coach Tom Coughlin said of his expectations in Brown’s 2013 debut. “What else would you like?’’

When told of the expectations from his head coach, Brown’s eyes widened.

“Then you might as well go ahead and put a tombstone up with ‘RIP’ on it,’’ Brown said.

When assured Coughlin was kidding but that he did expect Brown to make an impact, Brown said: “I have to agree with him.’’

Pyro's take: Andre Brown will come back this week for the Giants, and we can finally go back to a fantasy world without Brandon Jacobs and Peyton Hillis.

Brown will be the lead back, as well as the goal line back for the Giants from here on out. As long as he stays healthy, since he has twice broken fibula, Brown will see close to 20 touches a game. Oakland is a middle of the pack defense, in terms of giving up points to running backs, but Andre should have some success in this game.

11/07/13, 08:31 PM CST by Houdini
Source: nypost.com

Andre Johnson explodes on Sunday Night

Thanks to Case Keenum, Andre Johnson enjoyed his first three-touchdown game in 11 NFL seasons and his third with two touchdowns in a quarter.

He had 190 yards by halftime Sunday, the fifth most in any game and the most productive half of his career. He finished with 229 yards.

Pyro's take: Johnson had the half of his lifetime on Sunday, and turned the tide in many fantasy games. It is hard to believe, but this is the first time in Johnson's career that he had 3 touchdowns in a game. Wait, he has never 10 touchdowns in a season, I could not believe what I was seeing.

The Colts seemed to not be covering AJ for the entire first half, as he was wide open behind the defense on an 62-yard and 41-yard touchdown passes. Johnson could continue to have some big games down the stretch here, as he should see 10+ targets a game from Case Keenum.

11/04/13, 04:11 PM CST by Houdini
Source: blog.chron.com

Foster's woes continue

Running back Arian Foster, who came into the game dealing with a hamstring pull, started for the Texans but lasted just the first series before going to the locker room to be treated for a back injury.

He got hurt without touching the football.



Pyro's take: There was a good reason why we had Foster as the biggest bust candidate out there this season. He has not been able to play healthy at any point during the season, and once again he is dealing with multiple injuries.

The main reason why we could see this fall coming, was that Foster had 956 carries over the past 3 seasons. That takes a toll on anyone, and usually spells breakdown in the near future. Arian has taken a pounding over the last 3 years and it has finally caught up to his body.

11/04/13, 04:03 PM CST by Houdini
Source: blog.chron.com

Arian Foster expcts to play after Texans bye week

Arian Foster expects to be ready to play after the bye week when the Texans face the Indianapolis Colts on November 3. Foster had been dealing with a hamstring injury since practice last Thursday. He ended up leaving Sunday’s game against the Chiefs on the first offensive series after he re-aggravated the same injury while “cutting wrong.”

Heading into the bye week, Foster says the injury is coming along well.

Pyro's take: Foster is another player who has greatly benefited from a timely bye week. Arian will be leaned on heavily against the Colts in week 9, especially if Ben Tate is not able to back him up with his rib injury.

10/23/13, 05:54 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.houstontexans.com

Wanna buy a piece of Arian Foster?

Fantex Brokerage Servies is paying Texans running back Arian Foster $10 million for a 20 percent stake in his future earnings (contracts, endorsements, etc.) and then asking fans to invest, according to a report by ESPN’s Darren Rovell.

The company will begin taking reservations in the next two weeks and could be selling shares of Foster in as soon as a month depending on demand and progress with the Securities & Exchange Commission, ESPN reports.

It’s much like fantasy sports, except fans will be trading on Foster’s business value. If he does well on the field and companies become more interested in Foster as an endorser, his stock might go up. Fans can then buy and sell shares, with Fantex taking a commission. The company says it is hoping to acquire a future stake in athletes but does not have any other deals finalized at this time.

“Fantex is bringing sports and business together in a way never previously thought possible,” CEO Buck French said in a statement. “By building a marketplace that allows customers to buy shares in a tracking stock linked to the value and performance of an athlete’s brand, Fantex is enabling a new level of brand advocacy through ownership.”


Pyro's take: This may have been the craziest thing that I have stumbled upon in all my research this season. Are you kidding me??? There is now a company paying athletes for rights to their future earnings and then offsetting that by creating a stock market for these players that real people will invest in? That is nuts!!!

Especially since they hold all the cards by taking a commission on all shares bought or sold. Most likely they will prey on the people who just want to say they own a percentage of a player. I would also be concerned that they are the ones who are controlling and manipulating this BS stock market so that they recoup their money and then all of yours. Fantasy football is one thing; this is a disgrace, in my humble opinion.


10/17/13, 07:52 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: blog.chron.com

Andre Johnson expects to start this week

Texans coach Gary Kubiak met with reporters after practice today and said that receivers Andre Johnson (leg) and Keshawn Martin (shoulder) had returned to practice and would be game-time decisions for Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams.

When informed that Johnson had already told the media that he would start against the Rams, Kubiak said, “Good? I like that.”

“I feel better this week than last week,” Johnson said.

Pyro's take: Johnson has been dealing with nagging injuries all season, which has caused him to be an inconsistent play thus far. If he plays you are going to start him, but it would be nice if AJ could find the endzone for the first time this season.

10/12/13, 06:22 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: blog.chron.com

Andre Johnson expected to start

All week, the Texans have been calling wide receiver Andre Johnson a game-time decision because of his shin injury but things have taken a positive turn with the game against the Seahawks a couple of days away.

Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com reports that coach Gary Kubiak said Friday that Johnson had a strong practice and that he expects to have the wideout in the starting lineup.

Pyro's take: Johnson should be on the field Sunday and not only is that good news for AJ owners, but it is also good news for DeAndre Hopkins. Johnson will be sure to see a lot of targets, but he will also draw a lot of double teams, which could open up Hopkins for more targets. Either way this will be a tough week for these receivers as they will face the Seahawks who are only giving up 12.7 points per weeks to wide receivers, which is stoutest in the league.

09/28/13, 04:27 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

Andre Johnson injured again

Andre Johnson left Sunday's loss at Baltimore twice because of a shin injury.

“He has a bad shin bruise," head coach Gary Kubiak said after the game. "The X-ray they took at halftime was ok."

After taking part in a few plays during the third quarter, Johnson left the game again.

"I watched him the first play, we threw the ball the first play and I wanted to see him run," Kubiak said. "I did not think he could run the way he needs to, to play so we took him out.”

Johnson said he had a "pretty bad bruise" on the shin. He was unsure of his availability for Week 4's home matchup with the Seahawks.

"I don't know," Johnson said. "I don't know what's going to happen with it. Right now, I plan on planning. I have an MRI set up in the morning."

On the day, Johnson caught five passes for 36 yards.

Pyro's take: This may be a reoccurring theme this year for Johnson who suffered a concussion in week 2. This sometimes just happens to older players, and all those years and games lead to the body breaking down and not recovering like it used to. Johnson is going to be listed as questionable for his week 4 match-up with the Seahawks, which is a tough game to play while injured.

DeAndre Hopkins was not able to pick up the slack for losing AJ this week, as he finished the game with 6 catches for 60 yards. Hopkins needs Johnson out there to be more successful and not face double teams.

09/23/13, 05:01 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.houstontexans.com

Andre Johnson "should be ready to go"

Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that Kubiak said that wide receiver Andre Johnson “should be ready to go” in time for Sunday’s game against the Ravens. Johnson suffered a concussion late in last weekend’s overtime win against the Titans

Pyro's take: Johnson is a must start if healthy. AJ has been a target machine with 29 through 2 weeks. The Texans needs to have a healthy #80 in order to get the most out their offense. A healthy Andre also helps the fantasy value of DeAndre Hopkins, who needs him to draw attention and give him one on one match-ups.

09/18/13, 11:12 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

Andre Johnson dealing with a concussion

Andre Johnson left the game in the fourth quarter, and head coach Gary Kubiak said the wide receiver was "being evaluated" for a concussion.

"He's being evaluated as we speak," Kubiak said after the Texans' overtime victory at Reliant Stadium over the Titans. "I have no diagnosis yet."

Johnson caught a 21-yard pass from Matt Schaub up the right sideline, and was hit by Titans' safety Bernard Pollard as he was coming down with the ball. He was able to run off the field a few moments later, and then jogged into the locker room without his helmet a few plays later.

Tight end Owen Daniels had encouraging words about Johnson's status.

"I talked to him and he said he was all right," Daniels said. "He wanted to go back in, but protocol is that you can't at that point."

Johnson finished with 76 yards receiving on a game-high eight catches.

Pyro's take: This was a tough break for Johnson who was having another nice game, but it was a real break for the rookie DeAndre Hopkins, who took advantage and finished the game with 7 catches for 117 yards and the game winning touchdown. Although, the catch Hopkins made before the touchdown was even more impressive. Johnson will will have to pass the baseline tests this week, but Hopkins should start stealing some of Johnson's targets when he does return.

09/16/13, 07:14 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.houstontexans.com

DeAndre Hopkins cleared to play in season opener

Rookie wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins passed the final stage of the NFL’s concussion test and is expected to be active during the Texans’ regular season-opener Monday at San Diego.

Hopkins practiced Tuesday and several teammates said the Texans’ 2013 first-round pick appeared ready for the Chargers.

“He looks like he’s normal,” receiver Lestar Jean said.

Pyro's take: DeAndre Hopkins has a chance to have a real impact in fantasy football this season while playing across from Andre Johnson. The fact that Hopkins passed the new five stage concussion tests is a great sign and he should be a full go in week 1. It is important to remember that Gary Kubiak is a big fan of the rookie and he is going to be given every chance to succeed and make big plays in the Texans offense.

09/03/13, 09:32 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: blog.chron.com

Gary Kubiak is optimistic about Foster for season opener

Gary Kubiak has said that starting the 2013 NFL season with a Monday game will give Arian Foster more time to work on his fitness.

The running back missed the Houston Texans' pre-season with calf and back injuries.

The team's head coach told reporters: "Obviously I don't think Arian is going to be a 30-carry guy opening night without camp.

"He got good work last week. This is going to be a good week for him because we've actually got two extra days that can get us a couple extra padded practices before we start our week. Us opening on Monday should be beneficial to Arian.

"We know Ben [Tate] is ready to go. He's had a great pre-season and between the two of them, we've got to do it well. We obviously have to sit there and have a plan for Arian, being his first time out."

Pyro's take: Foster has not played all preseason and is our number one bust candidate and has fallen out of our top ten at running backs. Kubiak said Foster is not going to see 30 carries, duh, he may be lucky to see 20 carries in week 1. Foster remains the biggest risk in the first round. Ben Tate is a nice prospect to pick up later in the draft.

08/31/13, 02:42 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.sportsmole.co.uk

DeAndre Hopkins has a concussion

Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins suffered a concussion on Saturday night, and wasn't on the practice field Monday afternoon. He won't likely suit up Sunday at Reliant Stadium against the New Orleans Saints, but he hasn't been ruled out entirely.

"He’s not feeling very good today," head coach Gary Kubiak said. "So he’s not out here at all. We’ll start over again tomorrow and see where we’re at."

The Texans held a walkthrough outside at the Houston Methodist Training Center, and Hopkins wasn't there. The NFL has a protocol that all concussed players must go through after suffering the injury.

“There’s five stages," Kubiak said. "But there’s certain stages, you can pass like two stages in a day."

Hopkins was hurt in the first half of the win over Miami on Saturday night. There's still a possibility Hopkins can play against New Orleans.

"There’s always a chance you can play the following week depending on how quickly you’re involved in the protocol process.”

Pyro's take: Hopkins should be in no danger to miss the season opener, and still has a chance to be the rookie who makes the biggest impact this season.

Hopkins has been having a fantastic preseason and training camp, and this injury is unfortunate, as the more time on the field for him the better. Even with the missed time, I am still a fan of Hopkins in the Texans offense, and his draft value should remain unaffected by this injury.

08/22/13, 03:40 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.houstontexans.com

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