I’m not a doctor. I’m not much of anything at all really but, that being said, it did look like DeAndre Hopkins was dealing with some pain this postseason. He took a big hit against Kansas City. The doctors took a look at his bones at halftime. He returned to play. Hopkins is about it. He is that guy.
If you were looking forward to seeing Deshaun Watson throw passes to Hopkins one last time this season, please sit down, I have some bad news. This won’t be happening. Hopkins is pulling out of the Pro Bowl. He’s sitting this one out to rest and recover. I’m sure he’ll be back better than ever in 2020. Hopefully he can convince Bill O’Brien to use him as an outside instead of a slot receiver again.
Courtland Sutton is taking his place. This is cool. Sutton, like DeVante Parker, D.J. Chark, Terry McLaurin, D.K. Metcalf, and A.J. Brown, has also proven himself as a legitimate young number one wide receiver. Despite catching passes from Joe Flacco, Brandon Allen, and Drew Lock, Sutton had 72 catches on 124 targets for 1,112 yards and 6 touchdowns. The Broncos’ passing offense DVOA was -8.2%. Sutton’s receiving DVOA was 5.0%.
The 2020 Pro Bowl will take place on Sunday, January 26th, at 2:00 p.m. CST. Don’t worry. If you want to catch your Texans one last time, Deshaun Watson and Laremy Tunsil will still be there.