Kyler Murray Stands Behind Teammate DeAndre Hopkins After WR Receives Six Game Suspension For Drug Violation

Published 05/04/2022, 6:00 AM EDT
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – OCTOBER 28: Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals leaves the field following a game against the Green Bay Packers at State Farm Stadium on October 28, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. The Packers defeated the Cardinals 24-21. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Just when the Arizona Cardinals thought everything was functioning as expected, they stumbled into unforeseen problems. It took aback numerous NFL players when DeAndre Hopkins got suspended till week-6. It also took the WR by surprise when he learned about it. Despite this, he had vigorous support from his colleagues, notably Kyler Murray.

During this year’s NFL draft, the Arizona Cardinals did an excellent job of meeting their needs and expectations. They got a promising young target in the first round, a pass-catching slot receiver in the second, and a pair of interesting edge rushers in the third. Most crucially, it appears that they now have a satisfied quarterback with whom they were facing issues during the offseason.

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On Monday, the NFL hit DeAndre Hopkins with a suspension; a six-game ban for breaching the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. Kyler Murray will be without his prime target during the first six matches of the 2022 campaign. It also surprised the standout WR, who left a lengthy statement, saying that he aims to understand the situation.

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Murray then expresses his support on Twitter hours after the media publicly disclosed it. He says, “Hop’s character has never been in question… we got you family.”

A damaged MCL led to Hopkins’ season shortening up in his previous campaign. The Arizona Cardinals initially deemed the wide receiver to make his return in week 1. Now, he has to wait till the 7th game of the regular season. However, until the start of the 2022 regular season, the exceptional WR will be able to participate in the preseason matchups and workout drills with the club.

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Who can be the target of Kyler Murray till Week-6?

To begin the season, the Cardinals will not have their best offensive weapon. For the time being, recently acquired ‘Hollywood’ Marquise Brown, Rondale Moore, and Andy Isabella will lead the WR corps; with Zach Ertz and rookie Trey McBride providing some tight-end support.

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The former Baltimore Ravens WR is fresh off a campaign, having 1008 yards receiving for the first time in his career. He totaled 91 receptions and six TDs in 16 games. He was also colleagues with Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray in college. Maybe there could be some chemistry involved.

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Pavitra Shome

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Pavitra Shome is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his M.A.

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