Texans' DeAndre Hopkins rested, on a 'pitch count'

 Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has primarily been a bystander at practice since a preseason game against the Carolina Panthers.

Texans coach Bill O'Brien emphasized that the team is being conscious of Hopkins' workload. He hasn't practiced in uniform the past few days, but attends practice and works on the side.

"Yeah, he's doing fine," O'Brien said Monday. "We're just kind of watching him. We've got him on a little bit of a pitch count."

WIth Hopkins sidelined along with starters Will Fuller (broken collarbone) and Braxton Miller (sprained ankle), the Texans are shorthanded in the receiving corps and relying heavily on Jaelen Strong and Dre Anderson.

"I thought some guys made some plays," O'Brien said. "Every day we're getting better That's all we ask of them."

The Texans recently signed former San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets wide receiver Bruce Ellington. Ellington made some good catches Monday. Ellington has a history of hamstring problems and was waived with a  failed physical designation by the Jets.

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