OK this might not be as bad as it seems. According to several media sources, the Pats have also placed Rosevelt Colvin on the active PUP list. The other PUP list is the reserve list. The difference being that a player placed on the reserve list can't play or practice for the 1st 6 weeks of the season, but a player on the active list can still make it back by Aug. 31. From the North Adams Transcript
FOXBORO -- New England Patriots linebacker Rosevelt Colvin, who missed most of last year with a broken left hip, has been placed on the team's physically unable to perform list, the Boston Herald reported Tuesday.
The move means Colvin, who injured his hip in the second game of last season, will not practice in pads or take part in contact drills when the defending Super Bowl champions begin training camp Thursday at Gillette Stadium. It does not, however, mean that Colvin will miss regular-season games.
The linebacker was placed on the active physically unable to perform list, rather than the reserve physically unable to perform list. Had be been placed on the reserve list, he would have been ineligible to practice or play for the first six games of the regular season.
Players may be taken off the active physically unable to perform list at any point of training camp.
So "Keep Hope Alive", if you will. Joppru may make it back by the beginning of the season. We'll have to wait until the Texans have something further to say.