NFL Rumors: Cardinals Shutting Down DeAndre Hopkins

Earlier today, ESPN's Adam Schefter relayed the unfortunate news that Cardinals' WR DeAndre Hopkins will likely miss the remainder of the regular season with a sprained knee. This apparently is a precautionary move in order to allow Hopkins the potential opportunity to return to the field for the playoffs. It is currently unknown at this point whether surgery will be required, but after an MRI on Tuesday, Hopkins was apparently seeking a second opinion according to Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury

The injury occurred during Monday night's loss to the LA Rams when Hopkins attempted to catch a pass in the end zone with less than two minutes remaining; two defenders fell onto his legs and Hopkins was visibly in pain. He did not return to the contest afterwards. 

Despite the team's success and 10-3 record, this is definitely not the season that either the Cardinals or Hopkins envisioned for himself. While it would be unlikely to repeat the spectacular first year Hopkins had with his new team in 2020, when he logged 115 catches, 1407 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns, this year has become increasingly frustrating.

The five-time Pro Bowl selection has accumulated 42 receptions and 572 receiving yards, along with an impressive 8 touchdowns this season but he has been mired by nagging injuries. Hopkins' has already missed 3 games with a hamstring injury, exited another early and was noticeably uncomfortable in at least one other matchup. Durability has never been an issue for the wideout before 2021, having only missed 2 regular season games in totality over his previous 8 seasons in the league.

Losing their star play-maker is not ideal for the Cardinals as they are looking to secure their playoff spot, but the offense should remain competent and productive with enough depth at their skilled positions to keep operating efficiently. The combination of Christian Kirk, Rondale Moore and A.J. Green will most likely emerge as the Cardinals top options for QB Kyler Murray.   

The Cardinals are set to play the Lions this weekend and despite this setback will likely be able to secure themselves a victory. 

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