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07/21/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 07/21/2019 17:17

Hopkins, Watt on PUP list ahead of Texans camp

Training camp for the Houston Texans starts on Thursday, July 25 but it will have to be without star players JJ Watt and DeAndre Hopkins.

The team announced Sunday that Watt and Hopkins were placed on the active/physically unable to perform list, but according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the designation won't be long for either player.

The nature of their current injuries heading into training camp weren't officially disclosed by the team but, according to Rapoport, Watt is dealing with a knee ailment and it's a hindered ankle for Hopkins.

Watt, 30, had a significant back injury that required surgery in 2016, which not only cost him most of that season but also hamstrung his 2017 campaign. It wasn't until last year where Watt returned to form by starting all 16 games, making first-team All-Pro for a fifth time, and led a Texans defense that was paramount to winning the AFC South.

On the other hand, Hopkins, 27, has missed only one game in his six-year career, but the wideout has earned a reputation of playing through a multitude of injuries. Hobbled by an ankle for nearly all of last season, 2018 marked Hopkins' second consecutive first-team All-Pro bid and he managed to produce his best season to date setting highs in catches (115) and yards (1,572).

In the same move, the Texans also announced WR DeAndre Carter will start the year on the PUP list.