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DeAndre Hopkins will play for Texans vs. Buccaneers

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The Houston Texans will start DeAndre Hopkins today after the wide receiver passed the concussion protocol on Friday, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. Assuming he doesn't experience a setback during warmups, which is unlikely but not impossible. His being recovered from injury is no surprise: he practiced on Friday and was listed as probable on the injury report.

With Hopkins ready to play, the Texans have exactly one (1) offensive weapon worth worrying about, though if the Bucs defense we saw in week one shows up it may look like they have a vast array of dangerous skill players. Still, Hopkins' participation will help Ryan Mallett -- he's been their only remotely reliable receiver through two weeks.

That means the Bucs are just going to have to stop the Texans while accounting for Hopkins. It shouldn't be overly difficult: their offensive line is wracked by injuries, while the running game has been close to nonexistent this season. The real battle will be stopping J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney from destroying Jameis Winston.