Injuries: Hopkins’ concussion; Foster’s carries

Injuries: Hopkins’ concussion; Foster’s carries
August 30, 2013, 3:45 pm
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DeAndre Hopkins, who suffered a concussion in the Texans’ second preseason game, has still not passed the fifth and final stage of the NFL’s post-concussion protocol.

“That’s something we hope will take place over the weekend before we get into Monday,” said head coach Gary Kubiak, who didn’t seem too concerned about Hopkins’ potentially missing much more time.

Arian Foster missed all of preseason but will be ready for the opener against the Chargers. But how much will he play? “Obviously, I don’t think Arian’s going to be a 30-carry guy opening night,” Kubiak said.

Rookie third-round pick Brennan Williams finally played in a preseason game on Thursday night but didn’t come out healthy. Williams’ knee swelled up again. “It’s just been a reoccurrence every time we put him through some pretty stressful stuff,” Kubiak said. Williams might spend his rookie season on the Injured Reserve list and try again next year.

Pro Bowl left guard Wade Smith wasn’t practicing on Friday but worked very hard with trainers on the side, Kubiak said.

Starting OLB Whitney Mercilus was back at practice Friday and looked “great,” according to Kubiak. The head coach said the team probably could have pushed Mercilus to play on Thursday night but thought it was better to wait for the opener.

Alan Bonner (hamstring) and Darryl Sharpton (sick) were both not back to practice Friday.

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