TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is being suspended six games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Hopkins withdrew his appeal, a source told Schefter, so the suspension will stand.
Hopkins, a three-time first-team All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl selection, is set to turn 30 on June 6 and is coming off an injury-riddled season that led to the lowest output of his career.
He missed three games in the middle of last season with an ankle injury and the final four games of the regular season, plus Arizona’s wild-card loss to the Los Angeles Rams, after suffering an MCL injury in Week 14 on Monday Night Football. The knee was surgically repaired in December. In February, while making interview rounds at the Super Bowl in Los Angeles, Hopkins said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that his rehab was going great and he was ahead of schedule.
Hopkins finished with 572 yards and eight touchdowns on 42 catches a year after having 1,407 yards. Arizona went 3-4 without Hopkins during the regular season and were then blown out in the playoffs, losing 34-11 to the Rams.
Hopkins was as good or better last season before his injuries than he has been in the past. He had a higher catch percentage, yards per target and yards after catch per reception through Week 8. He was down slightly in yards per route, from 2.1 in his first eight seasons to 2.0 last season.
In two seasons with the Cardinals since they acquired him from the Houston Texans in 2020, Hopkins has 157 receptions for 1,979 yards and 14 touchdown catches.
Hopkins missed two games in the first eight seasons of his career before missing the six last season. He’s set to tie that mark this season with his suspension.