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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Matt Schaub harrassed at home, but still the starter
According to CBS Houston, Texans fans accosted Schaub at his home on Tuesday evening and "berated him for his poor play."
"A fan went to his house and told him off," a law enforcement source told CBS Houston.
Additionally the source told CBS Houston that another person "took pictures of his family." Thankfully those pictures weren't -- according to the report -- posted on Facebook or any social networks. According to the report it's believed that the fans "left on their own accord" and that "no arrests were made."
Pyro's take: Is this where we have gone as a society that when one of our professional sports teams is not performing up to par we go to the athletes house and tell him off? As a fan you have a right to boo players when you go to a game, you paid your money, but you have no right to take the fight to the player at him home NO MATTER WHAT!!! This is a game and we are privledged to be able to watch them on Sunday's, but don't be a crazy lunatic. Put things in perspective!!!
Schaub will start Sunday, and for his sake I really hope he has a good game or else is traded right after the game ends. This way he and his family don't have to hire armed guards to watch their house while they sleep.
Ian Rapoport reports that Owen Daniels is headed to the IR/Designated to return list. His injury is from a non-displaced fibula fracture. As such, Daniels fibula (leg bone) cracked, but did not move out of place. The moving out of place is what causes the difference between displaced and non-displaced. The injury occurred against the 49ers last Sunday. The time table to return is now eight weeks, but wont require surgery. Daniels is second on the team in receptions with 24, and is Schaub's binky.
Pyro's take: By the time Daniels comes back, the Texans will either be in the hunt or straight gone from the playoffs. Im betting on that Daniels does not return to a full time role this season. If they are out then he will sit, if in the hunt, then Houston brass wont risk further injury to a key player. Feel free to take a look at Garrett Graham who has 15 receptions for 141 yards and three touchdowns on the season, and will be Owen Daniels full time replacement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arian Foster remains off the field with nagging back soreness
Texans coach Gary Kubiak hoped Arian Foster would be back on the field Monday, but because of continued back soreness the running back won't be available.
"He's had some injections to try to alleviate some of the soreness," Kubiak said Sunday. "The way I understand it we're trying to [work through] the injection process."
Kubiak said Foster began getting injections the day before the Texans' first preseason game. As he understands it, those injections have caused some pain in Foster's legs. Asked if there was concern of nerve damage from a back injury, Kubiak said no.
"I'm not there yet because I see him work," Kubiak said when asked if he was worried Foster wouldn't be available Week 1. "I see what he's going through. I am concerned about repetitions. That's just me as a coach. ... We gotta do what we gotta do. We're trying to do the smart thing here...The running back picture is concerning," Kubiak said.
Foster first injured his calf during organized team activities and just when the injury healed, a back injury kept him on the physically unable to perform list. The Texans will re-evaluate Foster's status on Tuesday.
Pyro's take: This is just more bad news for Arian Foster who has been dealing with nagging injuries that have kept him off the field throughout training camp and the preseason. This is what it sounds like when a player is destined to have a breakdown season. First it was his calf that knocked him out, now he is getting injections for his back pain and on top of that, it has led to pain in his legs...this all says "Danger Danger Will Robinson!"
Foster is continuing to fall down my tiers and Ben Tate is moving up. The continuing news about Foster is only cementing our belief months ago that he is the biggest bust candidate out there this season.
DeAndre Hopkins had a nice first preseason game, catching 4 ball for 52 yards, including a 34 yard touchdown.
Pyro's take: Gary Kubiak has been raving about Hopkins all training camp, and the rookie made good on the hype hauling in a 34-yard touchdown pass from TJ Yates. Hopkins is in line to start opposite of Andre Johnson, and if he continues to make plays like this in the preseason has a chance to a viable low end fantasy starter in his rookie season.
Arian Foster come off PUP list but now dealing with a sore back
At the end of last week, Texans coach Gary Kubiak said that he expected running back Arian Foster to make his training camp practice debut on Sunday after starting camp on the PUP list because of a lingering calf injury.
The calf is holding up just fine, but Foster did not join his teammates on the field as planned on Sunday. Kubiak said, via the team, that Foster did not practice on Sunday because of a sore back.
Pyro's take: This is the type of news that helps to prove why we are not high on Foster this year and have him labeled as a major bust candidate for this season. This is the type of setback that Foster does not need, as these injuries, when occurring often in preseason, are a major red flag and usually rear their heads again at some point in time during the season, or the player will have to play through the pain all year. Neither of these options is good for Foster.
DeAndre Hopkins making quite the impression on his head coach
Texans head coach Gary Kubiak is clearly a big fan of DeAndre Hopkins and his future role in the offense.
"First off, my expectations for him are tremendous. That's why we drafted him. That's why we put him in the position we put him in very quickly. He's going to play across from a great player," Kubiak explained Friday via the team's official website. "... He's going to be a big part of our football team. He'll make us better and boy is he working toward doing that. He's been exceptional."
Pyro's take: This is extremely high praise for the rookie from his head coach and a great sign that he is going to be given every chance to succeed. Hopefully Kubiak does not blow so much smoke up Hopkins ass that he stops working like a demon in practices.
Hopkins is going to get a lot of opportunities as a rookie and will be an interesting player worth drafting as depth at the wide receiver position, with the understanding he should have a stronger second half of the season, when you need it most, as he adapts to the NFL game.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady pulled out of the Pro Bowl due to multiple nagging injuries to his finger, shoulder, and ribs. He was replaced on the AFC roster by NFL passing yardage leader (4,770 yards), Texans QB Matt Schaub.
Pyro's take: Schaub was somewhat of a snub in the first place, and since Philip Rivers also pulled out of the game, Schaub ends up getting the Pro Bowl start on Sunday.
Schaub actually had more yards, more TDs, and a better QB rating than Brady did on the year, and most importantly, his team beat Brady's Patriots head-to-head in the final week of the season.
01/27/10, 02:45 PM CST by Dawgmaticå