Stefanski: K Dustin Hopkins likely out for Browns vs. Texans

As the Cleveland Browns prepare to take on the Houston Texans on Saturday afternoon, they will likely do so without their starting kicker Dustin Hopkins.

According to head coach Kevin Stefanski, Hopkins is unlikely to kick for the Browns as they travel to Houston this weekend. This means that practice squad Riley Patterson will once again assume the kicking duties for the Browns on Saturday.

Perhaps an advantage for Patterson and the Browns, they will be playing indoors where there will be no outside elements to tinker with his kicks. Going forward should the Browns win, however, the rest of their games would take place outdoors. It will be crucial to get Hopkins back for these games as they hope to make a run at a Super Bowl.

In relief of the Pro Bowl alternate in two games this season, Patterson has gone one-of-one on field goals, and six-of-seven on extra points.

Story originally appeared on Browns Wire