DeAndre Hopkins will miss the first six games of the regular season for the Arizona Cardinals due to a failed performance-enhancing drug test.
Hopkins said on Saturday he didn’t think he should have been disciplined because a trace amount of the banned substance Ostarine was found in his blood.
“I’ve never taken any of that sort of thing,” the wide receiver All-Pro said at training camp, via Arizona Sports. “If you know what it is, it could be in the shampoo, and it could be in a lot of different things. The NFL is obviously very black and white, so of course, I wish the rule wasn’t black and white. That is what it is.”
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“It’s hard to know when something gets contaminated in such a tiny amount when you’re not working in the manufacturing company.”
Hopkins said he never found out where the polluter came from and added that he would have loved more time to fight the suspension. He ended up dropping the appeal.
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“It’s hard to know what you can eat, and what you can do when you’re not in control of making anything or what goes through a conveyor belt, you know what I’m saying?” He said. “So, obviously, I think the rules have to change. But like I said, this stuff, it’s going to work on its own, and I’ve never taken anything. I hardly take vitamins.”
Hopkins is allowed to play in pre-season games and participate in training camp. He can rejoin the active team roster after the sixth match of suspension.
Hopkins is a five-time Pro Bowler receiver and a three-time All-Pro wide receiver. He’s about to enter his third season with the Cardinals after being acquired by Arizona State in a successful 2020 deal with the Houston Texans.
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Since then, it has been one of Kyler Murray’s top goals. He played all 16 games in his first season with Arizona and was selected to the Pro Bowl. He had 115 passes for 1,407 yards and six touchdowns. He managed to play in only 10 matches in 2021 due to injuries. He had 42 passes for 572 yards and eight touchdowns.