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Report: Titans WR DeAndre Hopkins will play in Week 9 vs. Steelers

We break down the news that DeAndre Hopkins has a toe injury. What it means for Week 9 and beyond.

DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Tennessee Titans runs a pass in for a touchdown during the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Nissan Stadium on October 29, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans defeated the Falcons 28-23. Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Thursday update: Hopkins will play against the Steelers Thursday night, per Tom Pelissero. He caught three touchdowns last week with rookie Will Levis getting the start. We’ll see what kind of encore he can have against a middling pass defense.

The Tennessee Titans will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers for Week 9’s edition of Thursday Night Football. The Titans’ offense will look a little different as quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been ruled out. Backup QB Will Levis may be missing a top target as wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is listed as questionable with a toe injury. He was limited in practice on Monday and Tuesday, but didn’t practice on Wednesday.

Fantasy football implications for Week 9

Hopkins has played in all seven games this season. He has 504 yards on 31 receptions with three touchdowns. Hopkins has easily been the best wide receiver for the Titans this year, ahead of Nick Westbrook-Ikhine and his 201 yards on 17 receptions. Hopkins is coming off his best game of the season. He only had four receptions but had 128 yards and three touchdowns.

Hopkins is a risky play, given his lack of practice participation ahead of the game. Still, if he is active, it is hard to look past his rapport with Levis in his debut. I’d start Hopkins in 12-team leagues or bigger. You might be able to find someone slightly more consistent in smaller leagues.