Houston Texans rookie wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has been out of action since August 17 when he suffered a concussion, but he has finally received medical clearance and will get the greenlight to play in the team’s season-opener on Monday Night Football against the San Diego Chargers.
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle had the report:
Rookie WR DeAndre Hopkins passed last test on concussion protocol and is ready to go for Chargers.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) September 3, 2013
Hopkins will immediately be in the starting line up opposite Andre Johnson, but don’t be surprised to see him lack targets early on.
Quarterback Matt Schaub is more familiar working with Johnson and tight end Owen Daniels, so he will look to them first by default until he gets used to Hopkins being on the field and as he gains trust in the young receiver.
The good news for Hopkins is that he should have an easier time getting open with the main focus of defenses going to Johnson.