Hopkins (hamstring) was listed as a non-participant at Tuesday's practice, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Hopkins wasn't spotted on the field earlier in the day in the portion of the practice that was available to the media, and the wideout apparently didn't get in any reps behind the scenes either. Now having been listed as a non-participant on both of Arizona's first two Week 8 practice reports, Hopkins' availability for Thursday's game against the Packers can't be viewed as a sure thing. Hopkins would assuage some of the concern about his status if he returns to the field for Wednesday's session as at least a limited participant.
Oct 26, 2021 1:18 PM EST
Hopkins (hamstring) wasn't spotted on the practice field during the portion open to the media Tuesday, Howard Balzer of SI.com reports.
Analysis: The official practice report should provide a better indication of Hopkins' overall participation Tuesday, but Hopkins was a non-participant Monday and may be headed for another Tuesday if the open media portion is any indication. The star wideout's injury is ill-timed given his hot stretch recently, notching four touchdowns in the last three games and a season-high seven catches versus the Texans. Hopkins has one more chance to upgrade his practice participation Wednesday ahead of the short week contest Thursday versus the Packers.
Oct 26, 2021 10:47 AM EST
Hopkins was listed as a non-participant on Monday's estimated practice report with a hamstring injury, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Hopkins has missed some practice time this season on account of a rib injury and an illness, but the hamstring issue appears to be a new concern. The wideout seemingly wasn't affected by any injury in his first matchup with his former team in Houston this past weekend, as he corralled seven of his nine targets for 53 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals' 31-5 victory. Arizona may just be listing Hopkins as a non-participant on its first Week 8 practice report for maintenance-related reasons, as the Cardinals face a quick turnaround with a matchup against Green Bay on tap Thursday.
Oct 25, 2021 1:38 PM EST
Hopkins caught seven of nine targets for 53 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-5 win over the Texans.
Analysis: While he led the Cards in catches, setting a new season high in that category in the process, Hopkins was only third on the team in yardage. He still hauled in his seventh TD of the season in the second quarter, however -- more than he scored all of last year. Hopkins will look to keep rolling in a Week 8 clash with the Packers.
Oct 24, 2021 8:20 PM EST
Hopkins caught three of four targets for 55 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 37-14 win over the Browns.
Analysis: The veteran receiver still has yet to see double-digit targets in a game this year, with Sunday's paltry four tying his season low, but Hopkins still had little trouble putting together a huge fantasy performance. He has six TDs through six games, already matching his total from 2020, but the Cardinals' passing game might not need to do too much in Week 7 at home against the struggling Texans -- limiting Hopkins' volume yet again.
Oct 17, 2021 5:30 PM EST
Hopkins (illness) practiced fully Friday and doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game in Cleveland, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Hopkins didn't get on the practice field prior to Friday as he dealt with an illness, which almost certainly was unrelated to COVID-19 considering his standing heading into the weekend. He'll face off Week 6 against a Browns defense that has conceded 181.6 total yards per game (15th most in the NFL) and five touchdowns to wide receivers in five contests this season.
Oct 15, 2021 1:32 PM EST
Hopkins (illness) wasn't in attendance for Thursday's practice and is expected to go down as a non-participant on the Cardinals' report, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Hopkins has previously received maintenance days in practice earlier this season while tending to a rib injury, but it's an ailment that will keep him off the field for the second day in a row to begin Week 6. The Cardinals haven't suggested that Hopkins' illness is related to COVID-19, so at this stage, there's still reason for fantasy managers to expect the standout wideout to be ready to suit up Sunday in Cleveland. Ideally though, Hopkins would return to practice in some fashion Friday to clear up any concern about his status.
Oct 14, 2021 8:40 AM EST
Hopkins (illness) missed practice Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: It should only be a concern if the illness is COVID-19. If not, Hopkins will have four days to recover before Sunday's game against the Browns, sitting on a 23-312-4 receiving line through five weeks.
Oct 13, 2021 1:14 PM EST
Hopkins caught six of nine targets for 87 yards and one touchdown against San Francisco on Sunday.
Analysis: The nine targets occurred on just 28 targeted pass attempts by Kyler Murray, meaning Hopkins drew more than 32 percent of Arizona's targets in the game. Murray threw for a modest 239 yards, and as a result Hopkins' box score was contained somewhat despite him playing at a dominant level. Hopkins will look to keep producing in a high-stakes Week 6 road game against the Browns.
Oct 10, 2021 5:53 PM EST
Hopkins hauled in four of seven targets for 67 yards during Sunday's 37-20 road win at the Rams.
Analysis: The Cardinals are closing in on the quarter mark of the season, and Hopkins has yet to reach 100 receiving yards through four games. And after salvaging Weeks 1 and 2 with three touchdowns combined in those contests, he hasn't visited the end zone since then. While Hopkins leads the team in targets with 25, quarterback Kyle Murray is keeping the key members of the skill positions regularly involved, with A.J. Green, Chase Edmonds, Rondale Moore, Christian Kirk and Maxx Williams also seeing at least 16 looks to date. The result has been four different players with at least 200 yards and one TD (Hopkins, Green, Kirk and Moore). Hopkins will look to tally another score when the Cardinals host the 49ers on Sunday.
Oct 4, 2021 7:14 PM EST
Hopkins (ribs) practiced in full Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: During the portion of Thursday's session open to the media, Hopkins was seen stretching and running routes, marking his most visible on-field work during the past two weeks of prep, according to Alex Weiner of SI.com. With his return to a full practice, Hopkins is past his rib injury and in line to serve as the Cardinals' No. 1 WR, not only in name, but in terms of production. While playing through the pain Week 3 at Jacksonville, he logged a team-high 92-percent share of the snaps on offense among Cardinals wide receivers but had just three catches (on six targets) for 21 yards. Meanwhile, A.J. Green and Christian Kirk both put up at least 100 yards receiving.
Sep 30, 2021 6:21 PM EST
Hopkins missed Wednesday's practice due to a rib injury, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Hopkins sat out every session last week, too, with the same health concern, only to lead Arizona wide receivers in offensive snap share (88 percent), per usual, this past Sunday in Tennessee. The fact he was active may have been a ruse to free up fellow WRs A.J. Green and Christian Kirk, who both surpassed 100 yards receiving while Hopkins settled for 21 yards on three catches and six targets. Hopkins rarely has missed actual games during his nine-year career, combining for two absences overall. Even if his activity level in practice this week remains zero, he's not really a candidate to sit out Sunday against the Rams, barring a change in tone from coach Kliff Kingsbury and the Cardinals.
Sep 29, 2021 4:52 PM EST
Hopkins (rib) brought in three of six targets for 31 yards in the Cardinals' 31-19 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.
Analysis: Hopkins' status was in doubt until inactives were announced 90 minutes before kickoff, and given his final numbers Sunday, he may have been best served sitting out the contest. The start wideout did tie A.J. Green for the second-most targets on the Cardinals, but he still limped to his lowest yardage tally since a Week 16 matchup against the Buccaneers in 2019. Hopkins will aim to get healthier and back to his usual numbers in a tough Week 4 road divisional showdown against the Rams.
Sep 26, 2021 2:06 PM EST
Hopkins (rib) is listed as active Sunday at Jacksonville, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Hopkins managed a rib injury this week and didn't practice at all, entering the weekend with a question hanging over his availability. There was an expectation he'd be a game-time call, and while he'll be available to the Cardinals it'll be interesting to see if he can handle his typical workload of 90-plus percent of the offensive snaps. Hopkins has yet to draw a massive target share this season, with just 12 looks through two games, but three of those have resulted in touchdowns.
Sep 26, 2021 8:33 AM EST
Hopkins appears to be in line to attempt to play through his rib injury Sunday against the Jaguars, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Meanwhile, Adam Schefter of ESPN notes that his sources indicate that the wideout is "pretty confident" he'll play, "but not 100 (percent he will)." Fortunately for those considering Hopkins in Week 3 fantasy lineups, the Cardinals kick off at 1:00 ET on Sunday.
Sep 26, 2021 4:53 AM EST
Hopkins (ribs) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Jacksonville, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: As expected, after coach Kliff Kingsbury revealed earlier Friday that Hopkins would come down to a game-time decision ahead of the 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff. He didn't practice at all this week, but it might not mean as much for Hopkins as other players, given his long history of playing through nagging injuries without many practice reps. However, he typically logs at least one limited practice, so there is real cause for concern this week. If Hopkins ends up sitting, the Cardinals can trot out A.J. Green, Rondale Moore and Christian Kirk for three-wide sets, with Andy Isabella and Antoine Wesley then providing depth.
Sep 24, 2021 12:55 PM EST
Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Hopkins (ribs) will be a game-time decision for Sunday's matchup with the Jaguars, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: At this point, the Cardinals might as well make it a game-time call for strategic reasons even if they have a strong idea one way or the other. Hopkins reportedly missed a third straight practice Friday, but only after playing 59 snaps (97 percent) in the Week 2 win over Minnesota. If he ends up missing Week 3, the Cardinals could use each of A.J. Green, Rondale Moore and Christian Kirk in full-time roles, with Andy Isabella and Antoine Wesley then providing depth.
Sep 24, 2021 10:23 AM EST
Hopkins (ribs) didn't participate in the open portion of Friday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Hopkins is a regular on the injury report and often misses practice, but three consecutive DNPs would nonetheless create some level of concern about his availability for Sunday's game in Jacksonville. Neither player nor team has said much about the rib injury, making it difficult to decipher if the Cardinals are genuinely concerned.
Sep 24, 2021 9:20 AM EST
Hopkins (ribs) didn't participate in Thursday's practice, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Hopkins has kicked off Week 3 prep with back-to-back DNPs, the result of a rib injury. Whether it's in Arizona or his previous employer in Houston, he's regularly received days off to tend to health concerns and also for maintenance. Hopkins will have one more chance to prove his health ahead of Sunday's visit to Jacksonville.
Sep 23, 2021 12:41 PM EST
Hopkins (ribs) wasn't present for the open portion of Thursday's practice and is expected to go down as a non-participant on the Cardinals' official report, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The severity of Hopkins' rib injury isn't yet clear, but he's now opened the week with back-to-back absences at practice. In recent years, Hopkins has routinely sat out practices or handled light loads while managing minor injuries or even getting routine maintenance, so his lack of reps thus far in Week 3 doesn't necessarily put his availability for Sunday's game in Jacksonville. The Cardinals will release their final practice report of the week Friday, which will provide more definitive word on the star wideout's status for Sunday.
Sep 23, 2021 9:02 AM EST
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