Hopkins (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's regular-season finale against the 49ers, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The 30-year-old wideout missed the first six games of the season due to a suspension and the final two with a knee injury. In between, he averaged 7.1 catches for 79.7 yards on 10.7 targets with three TDs in nine games, essentially providing his usual level of fantasy production until things fell apart Week 16 when third-string QB Trace McSorley completed only one of his 10 throws to Hopkins in what ended up being the wideout's final appearance of the season. Hopkins is signed through 2024, but he could be the subject of trade rumors this offseason with a non-guaranteed $19.45 million salary looming in 2023. Even if he stays in Arizona, there's a lot of uncertainty with coach Kliff Kingsbury a candidate to be fired and QB Kyler Murray recovering from an ACL tear.
Jan 4, 2023 11:57 AM EST
Hopkins (knee) has been downgraded and will not play in Sunday's game against the Falcons, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Considering Hopkins left Friday's practice early, it certainly appeared as if the knee injury was relatively serious and Saturday's designation confirms the notion. It's entirely possible Hopkins could be shut down for the rest of the season considering Week 18 means nothing in terms of the Cardinals' playoff hopes, but the team has yet to make anything official in that regard. Marquise Brown and Greg Dortch figure to get more opportunities with Hopkins out, although the prospect of third-stringer David Blough throwing the duo the ball might be an unenviably situation for fantasy managers.
Dec 31, 2022 11:12 AM EST
Hopkins (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons, Tyler Drake of ArizonaSports.com reports.
Analysis: Potential shadow coverage from Falcons CB A.J. Terrell is the least of Hopkins' problems with David Blough set to start at QB for the Cardinals and their star wideout now considered questionable. Hopkins left Friday's practice early -- early enough to be considered a non-participant rather than limited -- and thus appears truly in danger of landing on the inactive list ahead of Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff. A Hopkins absence would boost the volume projections for WRs Marquise Brown, Greg Dortch and A.J. Green, plus TE Trey McBride.
Dec 30, 2022 1:18 PM EST
Hopkins left Friday's practice early with a knee injury, and the Cardinals will see how he feels Saturday before making a decision for Sunday's game in Atlanta, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Bad news seems to come in bunches for the Cardinals this year, and a potential absence for their No. 1 receiver was announced at the same time Colt McCoy was ruled out due to a recurrence of concussion symptoms. David Blough will be the fourth QB to start for the Cardinals this year, and he may not have Hopkins at his disposal. Many fantasy managers will be left with tough decisions if Hopkins plays, as he might play fewer snaps than usual and see his targets from someone less accurate than McCoy.
Dec 30, 2022 10:55 AM EST
Hopkins left Friday's practice early, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Hopkins wasn't listed on the injury report Wednesday or Thursday, and this now creates some concern he could be added Friday. The good news is that Colt McCoy is back under center for the Cardinals after Trace McSorley connected with Hopkins just once on 10 targets in last week's overtime loss to Tampa Bay.
Dec 30, 2022 10:04 AM EST
Hopkins brought in just one of 10 targets for four yards in the Cardinals' 19-16 overtime loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday night.
Analysis: Hopkins' highly alarming stat line was partly the byproduct of his unfamiliarity with spot starter Trace McSorley, who stepped in for Colt McCoy (concussion) on Sunday. The veteran wideout's meager reception and yardage totals both matched career-low figures he'd set way back in Week 4 of his rookie 2016 campaign with the Texans, and he should therefore have nowhere to go but up in a favorable Week 17 road matchup against the Falcons, irrespective of who's under center.
Dec 25, 2022 10:51 PM EST
Hopkins recorded seven receptions on 11 targets for 60 yards in Sunday's 24-15 loss to the Broncos.
Analysis: Hopkins paced Arizona's pass catchers in every statistical category, and he managed a respectable performance despite playing with the team's second and third-string quarterbacks. Due to the quality of quarterback play, Hopkins was forced to work primarily in the short areas of the field, as his longest catch went for 18 yards and only two of his catches went for double-digit gains. Hopkins' role in the offense is safe moving forward, though he could continue to struggle to put up exceptional numbers due to the state of the Arizona offense -- particularly if Colt McCoy (concussion) remains sidelined for a Week 16 matchup with Tampa Bay.
Dec 18, 2022 5:19 PM EST
Hopkins brought in seven of 11 targets for 79 yards and lost a fumble in the Cardinals' 27-13 loss to the Patriots on Monday night.
Analysis: Hopkins recorded all his numbers in conjunction with veteran quarterback Colt McCoy, who was called on after Kyler Murray suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury on the Cardinals' third play of the game. Hopkins' reception, yardage and target totals were all team-high figures on the night, and with double-digit looks in five of his first seven games of the season, the star wideout there's little doubt the star wideout will remain an integral part of the air attack irrespective of who's under center.
Dec 12, 2022 8:54 PM EST
Hopkins (illness) was a full participant at Friday's walk-through practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Hopkins was held out of the Cardinals' first practice session of the week Thursday due to the ailment, but his ability to take every rep one day later clears up any concern about his status heading into Monday's game against the Patriots. Since debuting in Week 7 after serving a six-game suspension to begin the season, Hopkins has stepped into a high-volume role in the Arizona passing game. In six appearances, Hopkins has cobbled together a 49-574-3 receiving line on 64 targets.
Dec 9, 2022 1:20 PM EST
Hopkins didn't practice Thursday due to an illness, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: According to Tyler Drake of ArizonaSports.com, Hopkins wasn't seen during the portion of the session open to the media, and now the reason for his absence has come into focus. Hopkins will have a pair of chances to get in some on-field work this week before the Cardinals potentially hand him a designation for Monday's game against the Patriots. Rondale Moore (groin) joined Hopkins as a non-participant Thursday, so Marquise Brown, A.J. Green, Greg Dortch (thumb) and Robbie Anderson currently are the healthy wide receivers on Arizona's active roster.
Dec 8, 2022 1:14 PM EST
Hopkins recorded four receptions on six targets for 87 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 25-24 loss to the Chargers.
Analysis: For the first time this season, Hopkins shared the field with Marquise Brown and seemingly lost targets as a result. Hopkins still managed a relatively strong performance, highlighted by long gains of 33, 29 and 21 yards -- the first of which went for his third touchdown of the season. One game can't perfectly predict how Hopkins will be used with Brown back in the fold, but the initial returns suggest he'll have to rely upon big plays to remain an elite producer.
Nov 27, 2022 5:03 PM EST
Hopkins recorded nine receptions on 12 targets for 91 yards in Monday's 38-10 loss to the 49ers.
Analysis: Hopkins was questionable to play entering Monday's matchup due to a hamstring injury, but he showed few signs of that issue early in the game. He recorded three receptions for 40 yards on the team's first two offensive possessions and ended the first half with seven catches and 77 yards. However, the Cardinals' offense collapsed in the final two quarters, which resulted in Hopkins' production following suit. Despite the disappointing close to the game, he has earned at least 12 targets in four of his five games on the campaign.
Nov 21, 2022 8:56 PM EST
Hopkins (hamstring) is listed as active Monday versus the 49ers in Mexico City, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: There's been a cloud hanging over Hopkins' head since he didn't practice last Thursday due to a hamstring injury. In the meantime, he managed back-to-back limited sessions, and the Cardinals gave him a questionable tag for Week 11 action. Earlier Monday, Ian Rapoport reported that while the team initially was unsure if Hopkins would be able to play, the tide was turning in his favor to do so. Following a pregame workout, Hopkins was deemed healthy enough to suit up, but he won't be joined by No. 1 quarterback Kyler Murray, who is missing a second straight game with a hamstring issue of his own. Instead, Hopkins will be on the receiving end of passes from Colt McCoy, with whom the wide receiver connected 10 times for 98 yards on 14 targets during a Week 10 win at the Rams.
Nov 21, 2022 3:53 PM EST
Hopkins (hamstring), who is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the 49ers in Mexico City, appears likely to be available for the contest, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Hopkins received a designation for Monday's contest after the hamstring injury popped up during Week 11 prep and rendered him a limited participant in practice sessions Friday and Saturday. While Rapoport notes that the Cardinals initially feared Hopkins would have to miss the Mexico City game, the team came away with "much more optimism" about the wideout's health after getting the chance to evaluate him later in the week. Hopkins may still have to check out OK during a pregame workout to get the green light to play, but so long as he avoids the inactive list ahead of Monday's 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff, he shouldn't face any major restrictions with his snap count. He'll likely be working with Colt McCoy at quarterback for the second week in a row, however, as Kyler Murray (hamstring) is listed as questionable but appears to be trending toward another absence.
Nov 21, 2022 6:42 AM EST
Hopkins (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the 49ers, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Hopkins was a limited participant in practice both Friday and Saturday, which would seem to indicate the veteran will be available in the important divisional contest. Far more concerning is the possible absence of quarterback Kyler Murray (hamstring), who is also listed as questionable having registered three days of limited participation in practice. Murray's status, along with the possible return of Marquise Brown (foot) off injured reserve, appear to be the far more complicating factors in Hopkins' fantasy value than his availability Monday.
Nov 19, 2022 3:05 PM EST
Hopkins (hamstring) practiced in a limited capacity Friday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Hopkins made a sudden appearance on Thursday's injury report as a non-participant due to a hamstring issue, explaining his absence from the media-access portion of that session. On Friday, coach Kliff Kingsbury clarified the situation, telling Tyler Drake of ArizonaSports.com that Hopkins' DNP was maintenance-related. With a capped practice under his belt, Hopkins has one more chance to get back to all activity Saturday before Arizona potentially gives him a designation for Monday's game against the 49ers in Mexico City.
Nov 18, 2022 5:08 PM EST
Hopkins (hamstring) is practicing Friday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Hopkins returns to practice after sitting out Thursday, putting him on track to play in Monday's game against the 49ers. His level of participation remains to be seen, and it's also unclear if QB Kyler Murray (hamstring) has made enough progress to play. Urban notes that Murray ran the length of the field before Friday's practice, likely preparing for another day of limited participation.
Nov 18, 2022 9:53 AM EST
Hopkins didn't practice Thursday due to a hamstring injury, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Per Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site, Hopkins wasn't present at the open portion of the team's first session of Week 11 prep. In his first two seasons with Arizona, Hopkins often was given a day off from practice per week for non-injury reasons, but this time around he's dealing with a health concern. As a result, his status will be one to watch closely in the coming days to ensure he isn't danger of missing Monday's game against the 49ers in Mexico City.
Nov 17, 2022 4:22 PM EST
Hopkins caught 10 of 14 targets for 98 yards in Sunday's 27-17 win over the Rams.
Analysis: Kyler Murray (hamstring) was inactive, but Hopkins didn't miss a beat with Colt McCoy under center for the Cardinals instead. The 30-year-old wideout has seen at least 13 targets in three of four games since making his belated season debut, turning that outstanding volume into 36 catches for 396 yards and two TDs, and Hopkins figures to be productive again in Week 11 against the 49ers regardless of whether McCoy or Murray is holding the reins on the offense.
Nov 13, 2022 8:28 PM EST
Hopkins caught four of five targets for 36 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-21 loss to the Seahawks.
Analysis: The veteran wideout failed to reach triple-digit receiving yards for the first time in three games since making his belated season debut, but Hopkins salvaged his afternoon by getting into the end zone for the second straight contest. He'll look for more target volume in a Week 10 road matchup against the Rams.
Nov 6, 2022 6:01 PM EST
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