Like the rest of the NFL, the Houston Texans open up training camp this week. They will be without their two top players, at least momentarily.
The team announced this afternoon that Hopkins and Watt have been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list to begin training camp. Another player, wide receiver DeAndre Carter, is also on the list.
The Texans open up training camp this Thursday, July 25.
The Houston Texans have placed WR DeAndre Carter, WR DeAndre Hopkins and DE J.J. Watt on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list.
— Texans PR (@TexansPR) July 21, 2019
Seeing this announcement probably threw some Texans fans into a panic, but it sounds like they needn’t worry much.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, both Watt and Hopkins have been dealing with minor injuries, and should be good to go soon enough.
Both Watt and Hopkins have been dealing with minor injuries this offseason and their stays on the PUP should be short https://t.co/pY8nXvwgcy
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 21, 2019
Hopkins made his third career Pro Bowl and second-straight All-Pro first team last season, but suffered a severe shoulder injury in Houston’s playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts. The injury involved ligaments tearing off the bone.
Watt, meanwhile, bounced back from two injury-riddled seasons to post one of the best campaigns of his career. After being limited to only eight games combined in 2016 and 2017, Watt played in all 16 games last fall, recording 61 tackles, 16 sacks and seven forced fumbles.
He earned first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors as well.