The Houston Texans have listed their top wide receiver as questionable for Week 4 against the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday.
Are the Houston Texans in trouble for Week 4 even before the game begins? According to their Friday injury report, the Texans have listed star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins as one of only three players with a game status of questionable.
Hopkins is currently battling thumb, ankle and hamstring injuries as the Texans are preparing to face the Indianapolis Colts on the road, and not only that, but the Texans are still looking for their first win of the 2018 season.
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Thus far in three games played in 2018, Hopkins has 20 receptions for 274 yards and one touchdown. Hopkins is averaging 13.7 yards per reception and 91.3 yards per game receiving. In a closer look, Hopkins has five receptions of 20-plus yards and no receptions of 40-plus yards. His longest catch of the season has been 31 yards.
If the Texans don’t have Hopkins available to play in their AFC South showdown with the Colts, the offense that has struggled for most of the season can only take a hit this coming Sunday. Hopkins should be considered the heartbeat of the Texans on offense as he’s one of the veterans who is a big part of this franchise and is needed to win a game, plus he’s one of the top wide receivers in the NFL.
Also with the Texans on Friday’s injury report as limited in practice are wide receivers Sammie Coates Jr., Keke Coutee and Will Fuller all with hamstring injuries. Offensive guard Senio Kelemete (knee), cornerback Kayvon Webster (Achilles) and cornerback Shareece Wright (shoulder) were also on the limited participation Friday injury report, with Webster and Wright having a game status of questionable.
Indianapolis has five players listed as “OUT” for Sunday including tight end Jack Doyle (hip), tackle Joe Haeg (ankle), defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway (calf), cornerback Quincy Wilson (concussion) and tackle Anthony Castonzo (hamstring).
This game is a must-win game for the Texans if they even want to have a thought about the playoffs for the remainder of the season. Like stated earlier, the Texans need to have Hopkins in the lineup on Sunday to have their best chance at defeating the Colts.
Most of the Texans wide receivers not on the injured reserve will most likely play, but besides Fuller the rest of them are unproven in the NFL at this point of their career.