DeAndre Hopkins suffered a grade 3 AC joint separation on Saturday’s loss to the Colts. These are commonly called “shoulder separations” and occur from hard falls resulting in the ligaments between the clavicle (“collar bone”) and shoulder girdle tearing. These can be considered mild (Type I or II), moderate (Type III), or severe (Type IV or V).
(Courtesy of Brisbane Knee and Shoulder Clinic)
Type III separations are treated without surgery initially. Cases with continued pain after a period of rest and rehab can be treated successfully with surgery if needed to secure the bones back together. Recovery is around 10- 12 weeks before full participation in contact sports.
Regardless, the Texans are out of the playoffs and with either scenario DeAndre should be back for the preseason at full health.