DeAndre Hopkins suspension: Cardinals All-Pro 'still doing research,' hopes for reduction in 2022 ban

DeAndre Hopkins will not be on the field for the Arizona Cardinals when the 2022 season gets underway, and not for a long time afterwards, either. The five-time All-Pro pass receiver is set to serve a six-game NFL suspension for breaking the league’s policy on performance-enhancing compounds and, as such, the group will lack among the very best wideouts in football up until its Week 7 bout with the New Orleans Saints. 

For his part, Hopkins is positive others at the position will step up in his lack.

“I’ve been good — recovering, healing — but unfortunately, I’ve gotta miss these games,” Hopkins informed Channel 12 News in Arizona. “You know, it is what it is, but the team will be ready, and I’ll be ready when I’m up.”

One of those who’ll be considered to instantly bring the load is Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, obtained by the Cardinals when the club stunned the whole league in a draft day trade with the Baltimore Ravens — an offer that instantly ended up being that far more important following news of Hopkins’ suspension. But, for Hopkins, it has to do with holding out hope he can in some way get the NFL to minimize his six-game restriction prior to the season gets underway, going on to discuss what triggered the infraction in the very first location.

“… We’re still doing some research before the season starts and, hopefully, we can get the games down a little bit,” stated the five-time Pro Bowler. “It wasn’t on me. I’m a natural. I’m pretty much a natural path kind of person, man. 

“[The substance] was called Ostarine, and there was 0.1% of it discovered in my system. And if you understand what that is, it’s a contamination and not something straight taken. I do not take any supplements. I’ve never ever taken supplements. I hardly take vitamins, so for something like that to occur to me, undoubtedly I was surprised, however my group and I are still attempting to find out what’s going on.”

Until/unless there’s a modification in his status moving forward, the Cardinals will need to do without Hopkins for 6 video games to open the season, however having actually effectively re-signed tight end Zach Ertz in totally free company will help too, providing 2 essential weapons for quarterback Kyler Murray up until Hopkins can dress once again in late October. 

Hopkins is still working to reduce the wait, however.

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