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Hopkins Suffered Grade-3 AC Joint Sprain In Loss To Colts

Injury occurred late in the second quarter

January 05, 2019 - 9:40 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- DeAndre Hopkins revealed that he suffered a grade-3 AC joint sprain in his right shoulder in the first half of the Texans 21-7 AFC Wild Card Game loss to the Indianapolis Colts Saturday at NRG Stadium.

An AC joint sprain is considered a shoulder separation. According to the Steadman Clinic, a grade-3 sprain is a complete separation of the shoulder. 

The injury occurred late in the second quarter when he attempted a diving catch in the end zone on a fourth down play. He was later seen jogging to the Texans locker room before the first half ended. NFL Network's James Palmer tweeted Hopkins needed help putting on his shirt after the game and could not shake hands with his right hand. When asked how tough it was to play in the second half, Hopkins was honest.

"Difficult, very difficult, but I had to be there for my team."

Hopkins caught five passes for 37 yards. The Texans week 14 loss to the Colts was the only game this season he was limited more. 

"We know we wanted more, but you got to go back to your drawing boards, get ready for next season."

Hopkins was limited in practice all week due to a left ankle injury, and that had an impact on his as well Saturday. He needed help getting his left cleat off after the game, but he says it was going to take a lot more than those two injuries to keep him on the sidelines. 

"A broke leg or something."

Hopkins was a first team all pro selection after catching 115 passes during the regular seaosn.