DeAndre Hopkins suspended: Cardinals star hit with six-game ban for violating NFL's PED policy

The Arizona Cardinals didn’t have DeAndre Hopkins on the field for their last 4 video games of the 2021 season, and now, it appears like they likewise will not have him on the field to begin the 2022 season. 

The NFL revealed on Monday that the Cardinals star receiver has actually been suspended 6 video games for breaching the the NFL’s policy on making use of performance-enhancing drugs. The suspension implies that Hopkins will be out up until mid-October. The restriction will keep him off the field up until a minimum of Week 7 and it might keep him out up until Week 8 if the Cards get a bye throughout the very first 6 weeks of the season.

Hopkins responded to the suspension on Monday night, tweeting out that he was “confused and shocked” by his favorable test. 

“In my 10-year career, I have never tested positive for using performance enhancing drugs,” Hopkins composed on Twitter. “To learn that my November test came back with trace elements of a banned substance, I was confused and shocked. I am very mindful of what I put in my body and have always taken a holistic approach, so I am working with my team to investigate how this could’ve happened. But even as careful as I have been, clearly I wasn’t careful enough. For that, I apologize to Cardinals fans, my teammates, and the entire Cardinals organization. I never want to let my team down.”

If the Cardinals understood this was coming, that would describe why they made the unexpected trade for Marquise Brown throughout the draft. On the opening night of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Cardinals sent out the 23rd general choice to Baltimore in exchange for Brown and the 100th general choice that was later on utilized to choose protective lineman Myjai Sanders out of Cincinnati. 

The loss of Hopkins is a ravaging one for a Cardinals’ offense that constantly appears to have a hard time when he’s out. In 2021, the Cards’ star receiver missed out on an overall of 7 video games due to injury and in those video games the Cardinals went simply 3-4. To put that in point of view, Arizona went 8-2 in the 10 video games that Hopkins played in last season. 

Despite missing out on 7 video games in 2021 due to a knee injury and a different hamstring injury, Hopkins still led the group with 8 goal catches, which was 3 more than any other receiver. The 29-year-old, who turns 30 in June, likewise ended up the season with 42 catches for 572 backyards and 8 goals. 

The five-time Pro Bowler has actually been a substantial part of the Cardinals offense considering that getting here in Arizona following a trade prior to the 2020 season. In his only complete season with the Cardinals, Hopkins captured 115 passes for 1407 backyards. His receptions amount to in 2020 ranked 2nd in the NFL while his yardage overall ranked 3rd that year. 

With Hopkins out for the the very first 6 video games, that will show up the heat on the Cardinals’ other receiver to produce. The Cardinals will require gamers like Hollywood Brown, A.J. Green and Rondale Moore to come up huge while Hopkins is out. Another receiver, Andy Isabella, was supposedly on the trade block prior to the draft, however the Cardinals may alter their minds about that now that Hopkins is out. 

Arizona’s leading receiver from last season, Christian Kirk, is no longer on the group after signing a four-year handle the Jaguars in March. 

Despite the suspension, Hopkins is qualified to take part in all preseason practices and preseason video games. The Cardinals will learn precisely which video games Hopkins will be missing out on when the NFL schedule is launched on May 12. 

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