Coach Kliff Kingsbury said the Cardinals ran some 10 personnel with Hopkins (suspension) and A.J. Green serving as outside receivers and Marquise Brown (hamstring) and Rondale Moore in the slot at Monday's practice, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Monday marked the first occasion since the start of training camp in which both Kyler Murray and Brown both practiced, and it appears the offense was working on air raid concepts, perhaps with the regular season in mind. Hopkins himself won't be able to suit up until Week 7 (Thursday, Oct. 20 against the Saints) due to his six-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, but he's at least been healthy in training camp after an injury-plagued 2021. While his impact on the field won't be felt until late October, the three-time first team All-Pro could be a beneficiary of Kingsbury's game planning once he's available.
Aug 16, 2022 6:55 PM EST
Hopkins, who will serve a six-game suspension to begin the 2022 season, is expected to healthy for training camp, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. "He's been moving around well, and I think he's right on schedule," coach Kliff Kingsbury said after Monday's OTA session.
Analysis: Hopkins had a down year for his standards in 2021, tending to multiple injuries that capped him to 10 appearances and a 42-572-8 line on 64 targets. In particular, he didn't play after Week 14 due to an MCL sprain that required surgery on Dec. 17. In early May, Hopkins suffered another setback, albeit not on the health front, when the NFL handed down a suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. While he won't be eligible to play until a Week 7 matchup with the Saints, he can take part in training camp practices and preseason games, if the Cards deems it valuable for him to do so. In any case, the 30-year-old wideout will yield reps on the outside to newcomer Marquise Brown, A.J. Green and Antoine Wesley while Rondale Moore mans the slot from Weeks 1-6.
Jun 6, 2022 2:36 PM EST
Hopkins withdrew the appeal of the six-game suspension he received from the NFL on Monday for violating the league's performance-enhancing substances policy, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: With the news that he won't seek a reduction in the suspension, Hopkins will end up missing 11 straight contests, as he was sidelined for the final four games of the 2021 regular season in addition to the Cardinals' wild-card round loss to the Rams due to a torn MCL in his knee. Per the terms of his suspension, Hopkins remains eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games, so he'll at least be a part of the team environment over the next several months. While Hopkins is out, the newly-acquired Marquise Brown is expected to operate as the Cardinals' No. 1 receiver, with A.J. Green, Rondale Moore and Antoine Wesley profiling as the top options behind him on the depth chart.
May 2, 2022 2:10 PM EST
The NFL is suspending Hopkins for six games for violating the league's Performance Enhancing Drug policy, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: With Hopkins slated to miss time early on this season, come Week 1, the Cardinals' wideout corps is slated to be led by Marquise Brown, A.J. Green and Rondale Moore.
May 2, 2022 1:11 PM EST
Hopkins (knee) and the Cardinals agreed to a restructured contract earlier this week, AZ Sports 98.7 FM reports.
Analysis: The restructure gives Arizona an additional $10.7 million in cap space, but WR Christian Kirk (Jaguars) and RB Chase Edmonds (Dolphins) both are headed to Florida nonetheless. The Cardinals did retain two key free agents on offense, TE Zach Ertz and RB James Conner, and they presumably expect WR Rondale Moore to have a bigger role in his second pro season. That still leaves Hopkins as an overwhelming favorite to lead the team in targets, assuming he has better luck staying on the field this year. To that end, he was expected to complete his rehab from MCL surgery at some point in February, potentially giving him enough time to gain full clearance for spring practices. Hopkins will turn 30 in June, right around the time the Cardinals meet for mandatory minicamp.
Mar 18, 2022 8:37 AM EST
Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Tuesday that Hopkins (knee) is expected to be 100 percent within the next month, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: For the first time in his nine-year career, Hopkins missed significant time due to injury. First, he sat out Weeks 9-11 due to a hamstring strain. After suiting up Weeks 13 and 14, Hopkins suffered what was eventually revealed to be a sprained MCL that required surgery and a likely 2-to-4-month recovery. There was talk that he may healthy enough to return if the Cardinals reached the NFC Championship Game, but the team was unceremoniously bounced from the playoffs by the Rams in the wild-card round. With no possibility to play again during the current campaign, the 29-year-old will focus on rehabbing his knee and shouldn't have a problem being available for the offseason program. The composition of the receiving corps around Hopkins may be much different at that time due to the pending unrestricted free agencies of A.J. Green, Christian Kirk, Zach Ertz and Maxx Williams (knee).
Jan 18, 2022 1:33 PM EST
Hopkins (knee) could be ready to come off injured reserve if the Cardinals advance to the NFC Championship Game, but a return any earlier than that is considered "unrealistic," a source tells Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Analysis: Hopkins underwent surgery Friday to address a torn MCL, an injury that Josina Anderson of CBS Sports reported was expected to require a 2-to-4-month recovery timeline. The NFC Championship Game will be held Jan. 30 -- approximately seven weeks after Hopkins underwent surgery -- so the Cardinals may have some hope that the star wideout can narrowly beat the short end of that timeline. Ultimately, how Hopkins progresses in his recovery over the next month or so will dictate whether he's on track to play late in the postseason, and even in a best-case scenario, he would likely be on a limited snap count.
Dec 19, 2021 6:45 AM EST
The Cardinals placed Hopkins (knee) on injured reserve Saturday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Hopkins was poised to miss significant time due to a torn MCL, which was supposed to be addressed via surgery Friday. He has a wide range of recovery timelines, from six weeks on the low end to as much as 2-to-4 months on the other, per Josina Anderson of CBS Sports. Clearly, the latter timetable would rule Hopkins out through the entire postseason, but in any case the Cardinals will roll with A.J. Green, Christian Kirk, Rondale Moore, Antoine Wesley and Andy Isabella at wide receiver for the rest of the regular season and likely the playoffs, too.
Dec 18, 2021 1:12 PM EST
The Cardinals are bracing for the possibility of Hopkins (knee) missing "2-to-4 months" once he undergoes surgery Friday in Los Angeles to address a torn MCL, Josina Anderson of USA Today reports.
Analysis: Anderson adds that at least for the time being, the Cardinals aren't expecting Hopkins to play again in the regular season or postseason. The report differs slightly from one provided earlier Thursday by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, who relayed that Hopkins will likely be in store for a six-week recovery period, a timeline that would give him a shot to play if the Cardinals make a deep postseason run. More consensus on a timeline for Hopkins could come once surgery is completed Friday and the Cardinals are familiar with the extent of his operation, but in any case, the star receiver can safely be ruled out for Arizona's remaining four games of the regular season. With Hopkins out of the mix, wideouts A.J. Green, Christian Kirk and Rondale Moore, tight end Zach Ertz and running backs James Conner (ankle) and Chase Edmonds (ankle) will represent quarterback Kyler Murray's top targets in the passing game for the foreseeable future.
Dec 16, 2021 8:52 AM EST
Hopkins (knee) will meet with Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Thursday and is expected to undergo surgery soon after to address a badly torn MCL, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. He's expected to face a six-week recovery period, with a goal of returning to action in late January.
Analysis: After he was diagnosed with a sprained knee following an MRI on Tuesday, Hopkins sought a second opinion on his injury Wednesday, at which time surgery was recommended for the star wideout. He'll heed the advice of doctors and have the procedure, which will knock him out for the remainder of the regular season, and quite likely, the at least the first two rounds of the playoffs. The 10-3 Cardinals will clinch a playoff spot with a win over the Lions in Week 15 and are still in good position to get a bye for the wild-card round, but Hopkins would likely remain out through the divisional round, if the six-week estimated timeline holds. Expect Arizona to formally place Hopkins on injured reserve no later than Saturday, but fantasy managers in redraft leagues can already comfortably drop the receiver from active rosters. He'll finish his second regular season in Arizona with 42 receptions for 572 yards and eight touchdowns across 10 games.
Dec 16, 2021 6:38 AM EST
Hopkins is in line to miss the remainder of the regular season due to a knee sprain, with the hope he'll be available for the playoffs, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: According to Schefter, Hopkins is receiving a second opinion on his knee with Dr. Neal ElAttrache, which could result in the wideout requiring surgery. With Hopkins sidelined, the Cardinals will be down to A.J. Green, Christian Kirk, Rondale Moore, Antoine Wesley and Andy Isabella at the position for the foreseeable future.
Dec 15, 2021 12:29 PM EST
Coach Kliff Kingsbury relayed that Hopkins is slated to get a second opinion on his leg injury Wednesday following his initial MRI, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: With that in mind, Hopkins' status for Sunday's game against the Lions has yet to determined, and if he's out or limited this weekend or beyond, added looks would be available for fellow WRs A.J. Green, Christian Kirk and Rondale Moore. Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Hopkins, who is thought to be dealing with a knee issue, won't participate in Wednesday's walk-through.
Dec 15, 2021 9:04 AM EST
Coach Kliff Kingbury disclosed Tuesday that Hopkins is undergoing an MR for a leg injury,, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Hopkins missed time earlier in the season for a hamstring injury, but Kingsbury was unwilling to disclose any more information about why the scan was done. Hopkins missing additional time would be a huge hit to the Cardinals receiving corps as they continue their pursuit of the top seed in the NFC. A.J. Green, Christian Kirk and rookie Rondale Moore would all figure to see added looks should Hopkins wind up missing any time.
Dec 14, 2021 12:37 PM EST
Hopkins caught 5 of 12 targets for 54 yards in Monday night's 30-23 loss to the Rams.
Analysis: Hopkins got going with a pair of first-down gains early, but he narrowly missed out on a couple consecutive end-zone targets from close range in the second quarter. The wideout then dropped a critical fourth-and-two pass during the third, adding to his frustrations. With a few failed contested targets to end the game, it overall was a performance to forget from Hopkins, who will hope to rebound in a great matchup versus the Lions in Week 15.
Dec 13, 2021 8:50 PM EST
Hopkins (hamstring) brought in both targets for 32 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals' 33-22 win over the Bears on Sunday.
Analysis: The veteran wideout wasted no time proving his return to health when he found the end zone in the first quarter on a 20-yard connection with Kyler Murray (ankle), who was also making his return from a three-game absence. Coach Kliff Kingsbury deployed the passing game sparingly most of the afternoon, however, and Hopkins was handled with care with an eye on the stretch run and subsequent postseason. However, the air attack, and by extension, Hopkins, figures to play a much more prominent role during a key Week 14 Monday night home battle against the Rams.
Dec 5, 2021 1:30 PM EST
Hopkins (hamstring) is listed as active Sunday in Chicago, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Coming off Arizona's Week 12 bye, Hopkins logged a pair of limited practices while sitting out Thursday's session as he attempted to put a hamstring issue in the rearview mirror. While the activity was enough to put an end to a three-game absence -- which surpassed the total absences (two) in the first eight campaigns of his career -- he may operate under a snap count to avoid a setback and also due to the rainy conditions in Chicago, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. Still, the Cardinals offense will welcome back the Hopkins-Kyler Murray combination, which has amounted to 78.9 yards per game and 13 touchdowns in 24 contests together.
Dec 5, 2021 8:34 AM EST
Head coach Kliff Kingsbury told Stacey Dales of NFL Network that Hopkins (hamstring) will play Sunday against the Bears, despite being listed as questionable for the contest after missing the Cardinals' previous three games.
Analysis: Kingsbury confirmed that both of Arizona's top two skill-position players will put an end to their three-game, four-week absences Week 13, as starting quarterback Kyler Murray (ankle) also received the green light to return to the lineup. Hopkins' injury designation won't officially be lifted until Arizona releases its inactive list 90 minutes prior to the 1 p.m. ET kickoff, but the wideout should step back in as Murray's top target in the passing game. However, with Adam Schefter of ESPN relaying earlier Sunday that Hopkins could be used "more sparingly than usual" in his return to the lineup because of poor weather conditions in Chicago in addition to the long layoff due to injury, fantasy managers may want to temper expectations to some degree.
Dec 5, 2021 6:57 AM EST
Hopkins (hamstring) is likely to play Sunday against the Bears but may be used in a smaller role than usual, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Hopkins has been out since Week 8 while dealing with a hamstring injury and remains officially listed as questionable. While the injury has healed to the point that he's expected to be able to play in some capacity, poor weather conditions add increased risk Sunday, which could cause the Cardinals to limit his snaps.
Dec 4, 2021 9:07 PM EST
Hopkins (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Chicago, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Hopkins and coach Kliff Kingsbury both downplayed the wideout's absence from Friday's practice, following limited participation Wednesday and Thursday. It might be nothing, but fantasy managers should stay tuned even after mid-week reports suggested both Hopkins and QB Kyler Murray (ankle) were on track to return this Sunday. Kingsbury, while mostly optimistic, did refer to both Hopkins and Murray as game-time decisions for Sunday. To that end, a 1:00 ET kickoff could prove helpful to fantasy managers, with the Cardinals releasing their Week 13 inactive list Sunday morning.
Dec 3, 2021 12:35 PM EST
Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Hopkins (hamstring) will be a game-time decision for Sunday's matchup with Chicago, Dana Scott of The Arizona Republic reports.
Analysis: Kingsbury seemed to downplay Hopkins' absence from the media-access portion of Friday's practice, saying the Cardinals wanted to be "smart" with their handling of the injury. Kingsbury also acknowledged some element of not wanting the opponent to know, especially when dealing with crucial players like Hopkins and QB Kyler Murray, who also is being treated as a game-time decision (with an ankle injury). There seems to be less concern over Murray than Hopkins, but both figure to be listed as questionable on the final injury report leading up to a 1:00 ET kickoff this Sunday.
Dec 3, 2021 10:17 AM EST
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