DeAndre Hopkins battled through ribs injury at KC

DeAndre Hopkins hurt his ribs in the first half at Kansas City Sunday, but fought through the pain despite it.

The Texans dropped the Divisional Round playoff game to the Chiefs, 51-31. Hopkins caught nine passes for 118 yards in the loss, and did so with a ribs injury that required x-rays at halftime.

"He's a tough guy," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "He definitely had a rib injury and he battled the whole night."

In the first half, he pulled in five catches for 58 yards. One of those receptions was a 38-yarder. He was hurt in the second quarter.

When the Texans came onto the field after the intermission, Hopkins was still inside. He jogged on shortly afterwards, and caught four more passes for 60 yards despite the injury.

After the game, he said he was dealing with "a lot" of pain, but was out there for his teammates. Quarterback Deshaun Watson wasn't surprised by Hopkins' toughness.

"That's just the heart and the will he has," Watson said. "He wants to win. He wants to compete. He's a tough person. He's a great player. He's a great teammate."

Hopkins is now the third player in franchise history to log 100-plus receiving yards in a game, joining Andre Johson (2011) and Keke Coutee (2018).

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