Houston Texans hope for a healthier DeAndre Hopkins in 2019.
A healthy DeAndre Hopkins is a scary thought for opposing cornerbacks and defenses as he was able to be wildly productive playing through several severe injuries for the Houston Texans in 2018. Hopkins dealt with thumb, hamstring, foot, ankle, and shoulder injuries that limited his ability to play down the stretch of the season, and entering the playoffs.
He revealed to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle that the shoulder injury he played through against the Indianapolis Colts in the wild-card round of the playoffs was serious than we were led to believe. “I tore ligaments in my shoulder completely off the bone,” he said. “I tried to play even though I had only one arm. We had something good going, and I know they needed me.”
Despite the injuries, Hopkins was proud of the development he has had in the offseason and how the team has progressed in the past couple of seasons. “I’m resting my body and healing. This is going to be the best I’ve felt. I feel like I’m going to be better than ever. “I’m trying to help my team win more games and be better than last year.”
Head coach Bill O’Brien was also optimistic of Hopkins in his recent press conference comments and pointed out how important it is for Hopkins to be in a better place from a health standpoint due to the physicality he brings to the position.
“I think the biggest thing for Hop [Hopkins] is health, just continuing to be healthy. He plays the game hard. He plays Sundays very, very hard, and he plays a very physical style. I think the biggest thing for him is, in conjunction with us, taking care of his body and being as healthy as he possibly can.”
Despite the rough nature of the game, Hopkins has only missed one game since being drafted in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He has played in 95 games since entering the league and missed no games last season, Hopkins finished with 115 receptions, 1572 yards, and 11 touchdown receptions.