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DeAndre Hopkins cleared for Houston Texans' opener

Just over two weeks since sustaining a concussion in the Houston Texans' second preseason game, rookie wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has received the green light to resume practice.

Hopkins finally passed the last hurdle in his concussion protocol and is "ready to go" for Monday night's opener versus the San Diego Chargers, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday. The team's official website later confirmed the news.

Hopkins, the No. 27 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, previously had suffered a concussion in a car wreck en route to the 2012 Orange Bowl in Miami.

An instant star in both offseason practices and training camp, Hopkins is a considerable upgrade for the Texans over 2012 starter Kevin Walter opposite Andre Johnson.

Marc Sessler is high enough on Hopkins to predict Offensive Rookie of the Year honors on a playoff contender. You can hear an in-depth discussion of our Rookie of the Year picks on Monday's edition of the "Around The League Podcast."


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