Former NFL Players Weigh In On Deandre Hopkins Suspension

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Arizona Cardinals’ Pro-Bowl WR DeAndre Hopkins was suspended six games on Monday for violating the NFL’s Performance Enhancing Drug policy.

With Hopkins being a five-time Pro Bowl receiver and three-time All-Pro, former NFL players have been asked about the situation since the news dropped.

In an interview with Fox News Digital on Tuesday, former NFL running back Eric Dickerson said, “It’s a different era than when I played. Like now, guys, they take stuff and they may not know what’s on the list of things you can’t take. Sometimes, it’s unintentional.

Dickerson continued, “I don’t really know DeAndre that well but knowing what I do know about him, that’s not his character. Like I said, a lot of things they could have on the list you don’t even know is on the list.”

Keyshawn Johnson, an 11-year professional football player, talked about the situation on his new ESPN show, Keyshawn, JWill & Max. “I never subscribed to that stuff at all, whatsoever,” Keyshawn said. “If it isn’t coming out of the faucet, or if it aint in my cooler, I aint putting it in my body.”

Keyshawn also talked about the significance of the loss to the team on ESPN First Take. “No matter what you think about Hollywood Brown, he ain’t DeAndre Hopkins,” Keyshawn said.

“In a lot of different ways, I’m talking about from dictating the coverage in the secondary, to people saying they are gonna commit two guys on one person. That’s not Hollywood Brown,” Keyshawn continued. “Yes he had a good year (in 2021), but I believe he was top five in drops in the NFL a year ago. Deandre Hopkins never puts the ball on the ground. “

Adding on to the six-game suspension for DeAndre Hopkins, the Cardinals are already without Christian Kirk, who signed a massive deal with Jacksonville in free agency. 

As ESPN’s Adam Schefter said, this adds insight into the Cardinals draft day trade for Marquise Brown.

Although Kyler Murray still has weapons like Brown, A.J. Green, Rondale Moore and Zach Ertz, this will definitely be a stinger for the Cardinals offense this coming season.