The Arizona Cardinals just announced that their star receiver, Deandre Hopkins, will be sidelined for the rest of the regular season with a sprained knee. The Card’s will now be without their number one receiver for the fourth time this season.
With Hopkins out of the lineup, guys like, A.J. Green and Christian Kirk can expect a much larger role in the coming weeks. Arizona’s medical staff remain hopeful that Hopkins will be able to return for the playoffs.
Even before the formal announcement of the injury, the future hall of famer has been dealing with injuries for the majority of this season. Through an injury-plagued year, his numbers are nowhere near his accustomed standard. Hopkins has already missed four games this season due to injury related issues, not to mention he is also experiencing his fewest amount of targets throughout this point of the season since his rookie year. On the year, Hopkins has only 42 receptions, 572 yards along with 8 touchdowns.
Arizona is now without their top offensive weapon as they fight to stay atop their division. Fellow wideouts A.J. Green, Christian Kirk and Rondale Moore each have the opportunity to get more work within the offense. In what many would consider to be an inconsistent season, Green is coming off of one of his better games this year in which he had 7 reception on 10 targets for 102 yards. Hopkins was utilized as one of Arizona’s best red-zone threats, often on out-routes and flats. This duty may now fall upon the shoulders of James Conner who has 14 touchdowns on the year, with 9 being from the last seven games. The Cardinal’s have an easier matchup this week as they travel to Detroit to face the Lions.