GLENDALE, Az. (WNCN) – Arizona Cardinals’ veteran wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has been suspended for the first six games of the upcoming NFL season for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy, per multiple sources.
Hopkins, the Cardinals’ No. 1 wide receiver, will not be eligible to play until at least Week 7, or Week 8 depending on when Arizona’s bye week falls. Games not played due to a bye week do not count in a player’s suspension. NFL schedules will be released May 12.
Hopkins spent his first seven years with the Houston Texans before a jaw-dropping, block-buster trade sent him to Arizona before the 2020 season.
Arizona most recently traded for Baltimore Ravens’ No. 1 wideout Marquise Brown during the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. What was originally thought to be for added help to quarterback Kyler Murray, and a push for him to want to stay in Arizona amid a contract dispute, the trade is now moreso to fill the void of Hopkins.
The suspension being announced means it’s official, and if Hopkins did attempt to appeal, it has been denied, NFL Inside Ian Rapoport reported Monday afternoon.
Along with Brown, WRs A.J. Green, Rondale Moore and tight end Zach Ertz will look to make up in the absence of Hopkins.