Houston Texans rookie wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is inching closer to returning to the field after suffering from a concussion suffered during a preseason matchup against the Miami Dolphins on August 17.
His recovery has been very slow, possibly due to a serious concussion he suffered in December 2011 while he was still playing for Clemson University.
Hopkins was in a car accident where he was knocked completely unconscious a week before the 2012 Orange Bowl. He played in the game anyway, even though he might not have been fully recovered from his concussion.
Hopkins is now on stage four of five in the NFL’s concussion protocol, and Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said Tuesday that the 21-year-old is “doing good.”
“He has not been totally cleared to return to practice,” Kubiak said. “He did a lot of work (Tuesday) with the trainers.”
Hopkins’ status for the Texans’ final preseason matchup against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday is still up in the air, but sources say that there is a chance that the former Clemson star will suit up.
Hopkins concussion history ups the risk factor for this rookie wideout as fantasy draft day approaches. He’s shown plenty of potential in the preseason, but fantasy owners should adopt a wait and see approach to see how he bounces back from another concussion.