Nuk Hopkins' concussion rehab almost done; Bills' Chris Hairston out for season

Miguel Chavis, Barry Richardson waived; Aaron Kelly signs with CFL team

Clemson wide receiver Aaron Kelly, right, catches a 27-yard touchdown near Maryland defender J.J. Justice, left, in the first quarter Saturday at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Maryland.  Clemson won 30-17.

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Clemson wide receiver Aaron Kelly, right, catches a 27-yard touchdown near Maryland defender J.J. Justice, left, in the first quarter Saturday at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Maryland. Clemson won 30-17.

It appears that former Clemson star DeAndre Hopkins will soon be back in the saddle for the Houston Texans.

Hopkins, who suffered a concussion on August 17 against Miami, has moved to stage four of five in the NFL’s concussion protocol and could play Thursday during the Texans’ final preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys.

He expects to practice today for the first time since suffering the injury.

“He’s doing good,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said on Tuesday. “He has not been totally cleared to return to practice. He did do a lot of work (Tuesday) with the trainers.”

The NFL's closely monitored concussion rehab schedule is comprised of five phases, in which the heart rate is increased each time, and the player has to go through it without showing symptoms — 30 to 40 percent of target heart rate; 40 to 60 percent (including some dumbbell and balance work); 80 percent with sprint work, full weight work in a noisy environment; return to football activity with non-contact skill work; and finally contact football work.

Hopkins has six receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown in limited preseason action.

Bills' Chris Hairston out for the season: Former Clemson offensive tackle Chris Hairston has been ruled out for the season by the Buffalo Bills medical staff.

Hairston has been sidelined since OTAs in June with a leg injury. On Monday he was placed on the 'reserve/non-football illness' list by the Bills.

According to SB Nation, the Bills could have opted to place Hairston on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list, which would have extended his availability six weeks into the regular season. But a lack of progress in rehab prompted the season-ending move.

Hairston's participation this spring has been limited to walking laps around the practice field and riding a stationary bike.

Chavis, Richardson waived by NFL teams: Nose guard Miguel Chavis has been cut by the Kansas City Chiefs, while the Tennessee Titans have released offensive tackle Barry Richardson, as the teams reduced their rosters from 90 to 75 players.

Aaron Kelly signs with CFL team: Former Clemson receiving star Aaron Kelly has signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.

As a Tiger, Kelly set the all-time ACC receptions record with 232, and set Clemson single-season records for single-season receptions (88) and touchdowns (11). He finished his college career with 2,733 receiving yards.

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rsb8931#286014 writes:

Glad to hear Nuk is recovering nicely from his concussion. I bet the Texan's are happier about it than I am. And I'm real happy about it.

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