Cardinals Trade For Robbie Anderson, Deandre Hopkins Returns From PED Suspension

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After being sent back to the locker room for his verbal altercation with wide receivers coach Joe Daily, the Carolina Panthers have agreed to trade Robbie Anderson to the Arizona Cardinals. The details of the trade include Anderson in exchange for a 2024 sixth-round pick and a 2025 seventh-round pick. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports that the Panthers still owe Anderson his remaining $690,000 in base salary for this season.

According to Alex Clancy of Locked On Arizona Cardinals, Anderson’s contract provides an out for the Cardinals franchise after this season. Clancy believes the trade is set to be a one-year rental of Anderson’s services.

The Cardinals need a replacement for wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, after the player suffered a significant foot injury in the fourth quarter of a game against NFC West rival Seattle Seahawks. The injury was originally feared to have been season-ending. However, Ian Rapoport announced that Brown suffered a small, non-surgical fracture that will likely require a six-week recovery time. Brown was a trade acquisition from the Baltimore Ravens.

Additionally, the Cardinals will be seeing the return of its star player Deandre Hopkins. Hopkins makes his 2022 regular season debut this Thursday against the New Orleans Saints. The team is likely going to be missing its starting cornerback Marshon Lattimore. Hopkins was serving a six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s PED policy. The receiver claimed that the suspension was due to the 0.134% Ostarine being found in his blood with the threshold being 0.100%. Hopkins initially filed to appeal the decision, but later decided to the drop the appeal and serve his punishment.

During training camp, Hopkins spoke about how he wishes the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy would be a bit more lenient when it comes to unintentional errors.

“I’ve never taken any of that kind of stuff. If you know about what it is, it can be in shampoo, it can be in a lot of different things. Obviously the NFL is very black and white, so of course, I wish the rule wasn’t so black and white. It is what it is. It’s hard to know when something gets contaminated at a trace amount when you’re not working at the manufacturing company.”

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