Dec 13, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) reacts to a penalty against the Los Angeles Rams at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic

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Report: Cards’ DeAndre Hopkins facing 6-game PED suspension

The NFL is set to suspend Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins six games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, ESPN reported Monday.

Hopkins, 29, set career lows with 42 catches for 574 yards in his second season with the Cardinals in 2021. He did catch eight touchdown passes.

A three-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl selection, Hopkins missed Arizona’s last four regular season games and the playoff loss due to a knee injury.

The Cardinals, who lost receiver Christian Kirk to the Jacksonville Jaguars in free agency, made a draft-day trade last week to acquire Baltimore Ravens wideout Marquise Brown.

Hopkins signed a two-year, $54.5 million contract extension with the Cardinals on Sept. 8, 2020. He carries a cap hit of $17.95 million in 2022 with a dead cap value of $33.8 million, per Spotrac.

He was acquired in a trade with the Houston Texans on March 16, 2020.

Hopkins has 789 catches for 10,581 yards and 68 touchdowns in 136 career games (all starts) with the Cardinals and the Texans (2013-19), who drafted him 27th overall in 2019.

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Oct 10, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt (99) reacts with wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) after Hopkins scored a fourth quarter touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chris Coduto-USA TODAY Sports

Hopkins out, Watt hopeful for Cardinals’ playoff game vs. Rams

The Arizona Cardinals will be without playmaker DeAndre Hopkins on Monday when they face the division-rival Los Angeles Rams in an NFC wild-card game in Los Angeles.

Cardinals’ coach Kliff Kingsbury said Wednesday that Hopkins is not ready to return from the knee surgery he had last month to repair a torn medial collateral ligament.

Hopkins, 29, hasn’t suited up for Arizona since its 30-23 loss to the Rams on Dec. 13. Hopkins caught five passes in that game for 54 yards before suffering the knee injury that has sidelined him for the past four games.

In 10 games this season, Hopkins — a five-time Pro Bowl selection — caught 42 passes for 572 yards and eight touchdowns.

Kingsbury did say that the Cardinals are hopeful to have star pass rusher J.J. Watt practice this week. Watt could return as early as Thursday.

The Cardinals placed Watt on the injured reserve list on Nov. 6 after he suffered a shoulder injury. The five-time Pro Bowler has played in just seven games this season, tallying just one sack and 10 quarterback hits.

Watt was non-committal about playing against the Rams when talking to reporters on Wednesday though, saying, “We’ll make that decision as Monday comes closer.”

The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year added: “If it feels good in practice, it’ll feel good in a game.”

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Dec 13, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) against the Los Angeles Rams at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins to have MCL surgery

Arizona Cardinals star receiver DeAndre Hopkins will have surgery on his torn MCL but could return in the playoffs, NFL Network reported Thursday.

Hopkins has been ruled out for the rest of the regular season and is likely out for at least six weeks, per the report. His return hinges on the Cardinals (10-3) making a deep postseason run.

Hopkins, 29, had an MRI on Tuesday and received a second opinion from noted surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

He suffered the injury in Monday night’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams. The Cardinals have four games remaining in the regular season.

Hopkins was injured on the next-to-last drive of the game after leaping for a jump ball in the end zone. Two Rams defenders landed on his legs. He got up slowly and retreated to the sideline, missing Arizona’s final unsuccessful drive. He finished the game with five catches for 54 yards on a team-high 12 targets.

The five-time Pro Bowl selection has 42 catches for 572 yards and eight touchdowns in 10 games this season. He missed three games with a hamstring injury earlier this season.

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Dec 13, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) reacts against the Los Angeles Rams at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Cards WR DeAndre Hopkins (knee) getting second opinion

Arizona Cardinals All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is getting a second opinion on his leg injury after having an MRI on Tuesday, Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said Wednesday.

NFL Network reports Hopkins suffered a knee injury in Monday night’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Hopkins will not participate in Wednesday’s walkthrough and is in danger of missing this week’s game in Detroit, per the report.

Also, Kingsbury said running back James Conner is day-to-day with an ankle injury. He also had an MRI on Tuesday.

Hopkins was injured on the next-to-last drive of Monday’s game after leaping for a jump ball. He got up slowly and retreated to the sideline and was not on the field for the Cards’ final unsuccessful drive. He finished the game with five catches for 54 yards on a team-high 12 targets.

Hopkins has 42 catches for 572 yards and eight touchdowns in 10 games this season. He missed three games with a hamstring injury earlier this season.

Conner leads the Cardinals in rushing with 661 yards and rushing touchdowns with 14.

The Cardinals (10-3) have a one-game lead in the NFC West and travel to face the Lions (1-11-1) on Sunday.

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Oct 24, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Houston Texans in the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins remains out of practice

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was not spotted on the field by reporters for the open portion of Thursday’s practice.

Hopkins has missed two straight games due to his injured hamstring. The five-time Pro Bowl selection last appeared in a game on Oct. 28, recording two catches for 66 yards while being limited to just 15 snaps in Arizona’s 24-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Quarterback Kyler Murray was spotted on the field for the second straight day on Thursday after missing two games with an ankle injury. He was listed as limited in Wednesday’s session.

The Cardinals (8-2) visit the Seattle Seahawks (3-6) on Sunday before heading into the bye week.

Hopkins, 29, has recorded 35 receptions for 486 receiving yards and a team-leading seven touchdowns in eight games this season.

He has 782 catches for 10,495 yards and 67 touchdowns in 134 career games with the Houston Texans and Cardinals.

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Sep 12, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA;  Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Cards’ Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins game-time calls vs. Panthers

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray and star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins will be considered game-time decisions for this weekend’s home game against the Carolina Panthers, coach Kliff Kingsbury said Friday.

Both players sat out Arizona’s 31-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday due to their respective injuries.

Murray returned to practice on Friday after sustaining a left ankle injury in a 24-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 28.

Colt McCoy, 35, threw for 249 yards and a touchdown last week while filling in for the Cardinals (8-1).

Murray, 24, has completed 72.7 percent of his passes for 2,276 yards with 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions in eight starts this season. He has also rushed for 147 yards and three scores.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Murray needs 31 passing yards to reach 10,000 for his career.

Unlike Murray, Hopkins did not practice on Friday as he deals with a hamstring injury.

Hopkins, 29, was limited to 15 snaps versus the Packers and finished with two catches for 66 yards.

The five-time Pro Bowl selection has recorded 35 receptions for 486 receiving yards and a team-leading seven touchdowns in eight games this season.

Hopkins has 782 catches for 10,495 yards and 67 touchdowns in 134 career games with the Houston Texans and Cardinals.

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Cardinals' Kyler Murray (1) warms up with Deandre Hopkins (10) before a game against the Eagles at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. on Dec. 20, 2020.

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Cards’ Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins sit out practice

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray and star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins were not spotted on the field for the open portion of practice on Friday.

Murray missed practice on both Wednesday and Thursday due to a left ankle injury he sustained during last week’s 24-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury previously said Murray could play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers (3-4) even if he doesn’t practice all week. Colt McCoy, 35, would be under center should Murray be unable to play, however.

Murray, 24, has completed 72.7 percent of his passes for 2,276 yards with 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions in eight starts this season for the Cardinals (7-1). He has also rushed for 147 yards and three scores.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Murray needs 31 passing yards to reach 10,000 for his career.

Like Murray, Hopkins also missed practice on both Wednesday and Thursday due to his hamstring injury.

Hopkins, 29, was limited to 15 snaps last week and finished with two catches for 66 yards against the Packers.

The five-time Pro Bowl selection has recorded team-leading totals in receptions (35), receiving yards (486) and touchdowns (seven) in eight games this season.

Hopkins has 782 catches for 10,495 yards and 67 touchdowns in 134 career games with the Houston Texans and Cardinals.

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Oct 24, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt (99) forces Houston Texans quarterback Davis Mills (10) to throw the ball away in the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic

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Cardinals rule out J.J. Watt for TNF with shoulder injury

The Arizona Cardinals ruled out defensive end J.J. Watt for Thursday night’s game against the Green Bay Packers.

Arizona listed Watt as a non-participant all week due to a shoulder injury.

In his first season with the Cardinals after 10 years in Houston, Watt started the first seven games of the season and has recorded 16 tackles, 10 quarterback hits, one sack and one forced fumble.

He only played 30 defensive snaps in Week 7 against his former team, the Texans, before popping up on Arizona’s estimated injury report the next day.

Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, like Watt, was marked down as “DNP” all week with a hamstring injury. Hopkins, however, is listed as questionable for Thursday night.

On Green Bay’s side, tackle Dennis Kelly (back) was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice but is doubtful for the game. Cornerback Kevin King (shoulder, back) and linebacker Preston Smith (oblique) are questionable.

The 7-0 Cardinals, the last undefeated team in the NFL, host the 6-1 Packers.

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Jun 10, 2021; Tempe, AZ, USA; Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, center, warms up during the Cardinals mini-camp at the Dignity Health Cardinals Training Center. Mandatory Credit: David Wallace - USA TODAY Sports via The Arizona Republic

DeAndre Hopkins questions future, vaccine policy in deleted tweet

Arizona Cardinals All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins tweeted — then deleted — that he’s questioning his future in response to the new NFL rule that teams will be forced to forfeit games due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

Earlier Thursday, the NFL sent a memo to every team that the league will not postpone or reschedule games in the 2021 season should a team have too many unvaccinated players unavailable due to COVID-19.

Teams with an outbreak would instead have to forfeit and players on both teams would not receive a game check since the game wasn’t played. That was also the case last season, except the league was able to get every postponed game rescheduled.

Hopkins reacted.

“Never thought I would say this, but being put in a position to hurt my team because I don’t want to partake in the vaccine is making me question my future in the NFL,” he tweeted before deleting.

Hopkins later responded to a tweet from Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey, saying “when you stand for something they hate you!” Ramsey tweeted that he wouldn’t put any pressure on a player who doesn’t get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Hopkins is far from the only Cardinals player to not get vaccinated; the team is one of four that has not passed the 50 percent threshold for player vaccinations. The NFL and NFLPA have agreed on protocols that put restrictions on players who choose not to get vaccinated.

There is no mandate, however.

Hopkins, a three-time first-team All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl selection, would owe the Cardinals $22 million in unearned signing bonus money if he retired.

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Jan 3, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) reacts in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. The Rams defeated the Cardinals 18-7. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

DeAndre Hopkins willing to restructure contract for Julio Jones

DeAndre Hopkins admittedly relishes the idea of fellow wide receiver Julio Jones joining him on the Arizona Cardinals.

Hopkins, in fact, showed his hand Friday on social media.

“Somebody at the gym asked me would I restructure my contract for Julio?” Hopkins wrote on Twitter. He then added a gif of actor Neil Patrick Harris providing an enthusiastic thumbs up gesture.

Although it’s a defensive coordinator’s nightmare to pair the two high-profile wideouts on the same team, Hopkins likely will need some help in order to entice Jones into joining the Arizona Cardinals. Hopkins’ base salary in 2021 stands at $4.75 million, and he’ll need more than just reducing it to the minimum of $1.075 million to get Jones — whose base salary is $15.3 million.

Per SportsBetting.ag, the Baltimore Ravens (+275) and San Francisco 49ers (+300) have the shortest odds to land Jones should the Falcons elect to trade the wideout. The New England Patriots (+450), Los Angeles Chargers (+600) and Tennessee Titans (+600) are the next teams on the list.

Jones, 32, caught 51 passes for 771 yards and three touchdowns in nine games in 2020. His low production was a byproduct of injuries.

The seven-time Pro Bowl selection has three years left on his contract, including $11.53 million for 2022 and 2023.

Jones’ career average of 95.5 receiving yards per game is the best in NFL history, but a hamstring injury derailed his 2020 season and third-year pro Calvin Ridley caught 90 passes for 1,374 yards and nine touchdowns.

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