The Arizona Cardinals will be without their star wide receiver for the first six games of the 2022 NFL season.
DeAndre Hopkins has been suspended without pay for a violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, the league announced on Monday. ESPN was the first to report the suspension.
“To learn that my November test came back with trace elements of a banned substance, I was confused and shocked,” Hopkins wrote in a Twitter post. “I am very mindful of what I put in my body and have always taken a holistic approach, so I am working with my team to investigate how this could’ve happened.
“But even as careful as I have been, clearly I wasn’t careful enough. For that, I apologize to Cardinals fans, my teammates, and the entire Cardinals organization.”
Hopkins, 29, is one of the most dynamic playmakers in the league at the position and is a five-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team all-pro selection. In 10 games last season – after he dealt with a knee injury late in the year – Hopkins caught 42 passes for 572 yards with eight touchdowns. The figures for games played, receptions and receiving yards were all career lows.
The Cardinals have had an eventful offseason, with quarterback Kyler Murray seeking a new contract. The team also lost receiver Christian Kirk, one of Murray’s favorite targets, to the Jacksonville Jaguars in free agency when Kirk signed a massive, four-year, $ 72 million deal.
Then, the Cardinals also made a move over the NFL draft weekend, trading with the Ravens for receiver Marquise Brown.
Hopkins is entering his 10th season in the NFL and his third with the Cardinals. He previously played with the Houston Texans from 2013-19, before the team traded him to Arizona in March 2020.
Hopkins has caught 789 passes for 10,581 yards and 68 touchdowns in his career.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: DeAndre Hopkins, Cardinals star WR, to miss 6 games for PED suspension