DeAndre Hopkins has been one of the NFL’s busiest receivers since returning from a six-game suspension that began the season, but a hamstring injury threatens to keep him out of Monday night’s game against the 49ers.
The latest injury status of DeAndre Hopkins
Hopkins (hamstring) completed two limited practice sessions to end the week, but his status as “questionable” remains a legitimate concern with the Cardinals not playing until Monday night.
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Coach Kliff Kingsbury initially implied that Hopkins was resting for “maintenance,” so we’ll have to hope he was telling the truth.
It’s worth waiting for Hopkins at this point. However, if you do, you must have someone available as an emergency fill-in, such as Jauan Jennings, Robbie Anderson, or Greg Dortch. In your flex spot, you could also use TE Trey McBride or RB Keaontay Ingram.
None of those guys are likely to do much, but it’s better to have a chance at some points than a guaranteed zero.
If Hopkins remains active, he’ll be a must-start.
No, this is the first time we’ll see him, Rondale Moore, and Marquise Brown all on the field together, but with Zach Ertz (knee) out for the season, there should be plenty of targets to go around in Arizona’s uptempo offense, even if Colt McCoy starts in place of Kyler Murray (hamstring).
If Hopkins is ruled out, Moore and Brown, who are already capable starters, should see even more opportunities. It could also mean more opportunities for McBride, who has some sleeper appeal.
We’ll keep updating this article with Hopkins news until the official active/inactive report is released on Monday around 6:45 p.m. ET.