Cardinals prepare for 6 games without suspended star Hopkins

by | Jul 30, 2022 | Sports

GLENDALE, Ariz. — DeAndre Hopkins darted up the field Saturday at practice, made a quick cut and then a nice catch as Arizona Cardinals fans cheered in approval.It’s a moment they won’t see again in the near future.The Cardinals will play their first six games of the season without the three-time All-Pro receiver, who was suspended in May for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. He can return Oct. 20 for a Thursday night game against the New Orleans Saints.“It’s football, it’s life, I’ve been through worse things in life than having to sit out six games,” Hopkins said Saturday. “So for me, mentally, I think I’ve prepared for tough moments like this.”Hopkins is still not exactly sure what caused him to test positive for a substance that he’s previously said was a small amount of Ostarine.“I’ve never took a supplement, I’ve never took any of that kind of stuff,” Hopkins said. “Obviously, if you know about what it is, it can be a shampoo, it can be in a lot of different things. The NFL is very black and white, so of course, I wish the rule wasn’t so black and white, but it is what it is.”There’s little doubt the suspension is a big blow for the Cardinals, who have played much …

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