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DeAndre Hopkins Is ‘Confused’ and ‘Shocked’ Over PED Suspension

NFL wideout DeAndre Hopkins will be sidelined for the first six weeks of the 2021-22 season after testing positive for PED use.

As reported by OutKick’s Armando Salguero, the League announced Hopkins’ six-game suspension on Monday.

Hopkins’ PR team said the player ‘shocked’ by the positive test.

The wideout responded with a statement, hours later confirming his hiatus until Week 7.

“Even as careful as I have been, clearly I wasn’t careful enough,” Hopkins said. “For that, I apologize to Cardinals fans, my teammates, and the entire Cardinals organization. I never want to let my team down.”

In 10 games with the Cards last season, Hopkins recorded 42 receptions for 572 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.

On Thursday, during the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, Arizona traded for Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown, which should help Kyler Murray’s production in Hopkins’ absence.

Arizona’s offense will have veteran receiver AJ Green coming back after agreeing to a one-year deal this offseason.

Stay tuned with OutKick as new details emerge from this story.

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Written by Alejandro Avila

Alejandro Avila lives in Southern California and previously covered news for the LA Football Network. Guided by Kevin Harlan on one shoulder, Eli Manning on the other, Alejandro joins the OutKick community with an authentic passion for sports, pop culture, America, and episodes of Jeopardy!


Twitter: @AlejandroAveela


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  1. The NFL really should release what the substance was. This game they allow players to play is silly. I remember Brian Cushing did this all the time. “I had no idea I was taking a banned substance” when it was steroids every single time.

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