DeAndre Hopkins will miss the primary six video games of the common season for the Arizona Cardinals due to a failed performance-enhancing drug take a look at.
Hopkins mentioned Saturday he didn’t suppose he ought to’ve been served with the self-discipline as a result of solely a hint quantity of the banned substance Ostarine was present in his blood.
“I’ve by no means taken any of that sort of stuff,” the All-Professional huge receiver mentioned at coaching camp, through Arizona Sports activities. “If you understand about what it’s, it may be in shampoo, it may be in plenty of various things. Clearly the NFL could be very black and white, so in fact, I want the rule wasn’t so black and white. It’s what it’s.
“It’s exhausting to know when one thing will get contaminated at a hint quantity whenever you’re not working on the manufacturing firm.”
Hopkins mentioned he by no means discovered the place the contaminant got here from and added he would’ve preferred extra time to battle the suspension. He ended up dropping the attraction.
With a skinny line with the NFL’s guidelines in opposition to substances, Hopkins feels that the principles shouldn’t be so black and white.Getty Photos
“It’s exhausting to know what you may eat, what you are able to do whenever you’re not in command of manufacturing something or what goes by way of a conveyor belt, you understand what I’m saying?” he mentioned. “So, clearly, I do suppose that guidelines ought to change. However like I mentioned, that stuff, it’ll work itself out, and I’ve by no means taken something. I barely take nutritional vitamins.”
Hopkins is allowed to play in preseason video games and take part in coaching camp. He can re-join the crew’s energetic roster following the sixth recreation of his suspension.
Hopkins is a five-time Professional Bowler and three-time All-Professional huge receiver. He’s about to enter his third season with the Cardinals after Arizona acquired him in a blockbuster 2020 commerce with the Houston Texans.
As receiver number one for the Arizona Cardinals, Quarterback Kyler Murray should discover a new number one goal for the season’s first six video games. Getty Photos
Since then, he’s been one of many prime targets for Kyler Murray. He performed all 16 video games in his first season with Arizona and was chosen to a Professional Bowl. He had 115 catches for 1,407 yards and 6 touchdowns. He solely managed to play in 10 video games in 2021 because of accidents. He had 42 catches for 572 yards and eight touchdowns.