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DeAndre Hopkins suspension: Drug test cheat costs him six games of punishment

The injury to stellar Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins last season coincided with his team's latest undefeated season, when his return seemed imminent, now the Desert Valley team will have to wait at least a month and a half to see him back.

The NFL's statement

Hopkins, formerly of the Houston Texans, was suspended for six games for violating the NFL's Performance Enhancing Drug (PED) policy, as reported and announced just this Monday afternoon.

"DeAndre Hopkins of the Arizona Cardinals has been suspended without pay for the first six games of the 2022 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances," an NFL spokesperson said in an official statement. "Hopkins is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games. He will be allowed to return to the Cardinals' active roster following the team's sixth regular-season game."

What was DeAndre Hopkins' catch?

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Hopkins tested positive to an anti-doping test that was related to a banned substance, in addition to the use of a diuretic or the use of a substance he ingested to alter the test results, hence the severity of the same sanction, which Hopkins withdrew his appeal.

It is worth mentioning that in the last Draft, the Cardinals traded a first-round pick to the Baltimore Ravens to obtain Marquise "Hollywood" Brown, so it can be inferred that this negotiation was carried out knowing that Hopkins had a great possibility of being suspended, due to the timing of these two events.

Hopkins missed seven games last season, including the last four regular season games and the Wild Card round in which Arizona was eliminated by the eventual champion Los Angeles Rams, so in total, the Cardinals will be forced to be without star weapon Kyler Murray for at least 11 consecutive games.

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