DeAndre Hopkins: NFL suspends Arizona Cardinals star receiver for six games for violating performance-enhancing drugs policy

The three-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowler missed the last four games of Arizona’s regular season in 2021 and lost the playoffs due to hamstring and knee injuries; The Cardinals traded to the Baltimore Ravens for Marchioness Brown during the 2022 NFL Draft last week.

Arizona Cardinals star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has been suspended for six games without pay for violating NFL doping policy, the league said Monday.

The three-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowler missed the last four games of Arizona’s 2021 regular season and lost in the playoffs to eventual Super Bowl champions Los Angeles Rams with hamstring and knee injuries.

The 29-year-old caught eight touchdowns in his second season with the Cardinals but set career highs in catches (42) and yards (574).

The Cardinals added a wide receiver during the 2022 NFL Draft, acquiring Marchioness Brown in exchange for the Baltimore Ravens for the 23rd overall pick. Brown was a 1,000-yard receiver last season and was teammate to Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray when they were both in Oklahoma.

Hopkins’ suspension also likely means a big role for Brown, seasoned wide receiver AJ Green and outstanding sophomore Rondale Moore, as well as tight end Zack Ertz.

Jeff Reinebold and Neil Reynolds evaluate Marchioness

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Jeff Reinebold and Neil Reynolds evaluate Marchioness “Hollywood” Brown’s transition from the Ravens to the Cardinals.

Hopkins has been one of the highest scoring wide receivers in the league in a nine-year career that includes six 1,000-yard seasons. He played his first seven seasons with the Houston Texans before being traded to the Cardinals in 2020.

Hopkins is still allowed to play in the team’s preseason ahead of the 2022 campaign.

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