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Steelers Could Avoid Superstar Titans Wide Receiver



Steelers DeAndre Hopkins

Titans star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins could miss the Thursday Night Football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a toe injury. The injury did not appear to be a concern until Hopkins missed practice on Wednesday. Now that the Titans have listed him as questionable, Hopkins could very well miss the team’s game on the short week.

Hopkins is coming off a massive game with three touchdowns during the first start of Will Levis’ career. The injury has flared up several times this year, and Hopkins had effusive praise for veteran Patrick Peterson this week. Pittsburgh could be without veteran cornerback Levi Wallace this week, which would thrust backup James Pierre into the sub-package cornerback role.

Levis started his collegiate career at Penn State, but transferred to Kentucky when he couldn’t find playing time behind Sean Clifford. With the Wildcats, Levis threw for 5,232 yards and 46 touchdowns over two seasons, setting him up as one of the top quarterbacks in the 2023 NFL Draft class.

If Hopkins can not play, the Titans will turn speedster Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, Treylon Burks, Chris Moore, and Kyle Phillips to help fill the void. They also play plenty of two tight-end sets with Trevon Wesco and Chig Okonkwo. Derrick Henry and Tyjae Spears help round out an impressive group of running backs, but their skill players would be badly shortened without Hopkins against the Steelers.