Texans stars J.J. Watt and DeAndre Hopkins to begin training camp on PUP list

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J.J. Watt and DeAndre Hopkins can be activated by Houston at any time, and both are expected to begin practicing with the Texans soon.
J.J. Watt and DeAndre Hopkins can be activated by Houston at any time, and both are expected to begin practicing with the Texans soon.

The Houston Texans will be without two of their stars at the start of training camp this week after placing J.J. Watt and DeAndre Hopkins on the active/physically-unable-to-perform list

Watt and Hopkins can be activated by Houston at any time, and both are expected to begin practicing soon and be ready in time for the regular season opener on September 9.

Five-time Pro Bowler Watt, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in January, practiced throughout the offseason and said he "felt great".

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After featuring in just eight games over the 2016 and 2017 seasons, Watt played and started all 16 games last year. He recorded 16 sacks and seven forced fumbles.

Hopkins did not participate in OTAs and was bothered by nagging foot and shoulder injuries last season. 

He caught 115 passes for 1,572 yards and 11 touchdowns as the Texans went 11-5 and won the AFC South. Houston went on to lose to the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs, with Hopkins sustaining the injury to his shoulder.

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