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Hopkins making progress, could play Thursday

DeAndre Hopkins could return to the field as early as Thursday.  The first-round wide receiver made significant progress in the concussion protocol this week.

"Yeah, he's doing good," head coach Gary Kubiak said after the team luncheon on Tuesday. "He has not been totally cleared to return to practice. That could happen tomorrow. I want to say he's in like stage four right now. He did do a lot of work today with the trainers."

Hopkins suffered a concussion against Miami in Week 2 and has been undergoing the five-stage testing process. As of last Friday, Hopkins was still in the first stage of the protocol and did not dress for Sunday's game against New Orleans.

In just a few days, Hopkins could be cleared to play in the Texans' final preseason appearance.

"Yeah, I think there's a good chance," Kubiak said. "I'd like him to play a little bit. That'll be up to the doctor's. We'll see where we're at because we've got what 48 hours now."

The Texans will play their final game of the preseason on Thursday at Dallas. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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