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DeAndre Hopkins Reportedly Makes Decision On Appeal

DeAndre Hopkins catches a pass.

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - AUGUST 25: Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Arizona Cardinals runs with the football after a reception during a NFL team training camp at State Farm Stadium on August 25, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins will officially miss the first six games of the 2021 season due to a league-issued suspension.

The NFL announced this afternoon that Hopkins has been suspended for violating the league policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Originally, the five-time Pro Bowler planned to appeal the decision.

However, Hopkins has withdrawn that appeal, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, which locks in the punishment.

Hopkins played in 10 games for the Cardinals in 2021, catching 42 passes for 572 yards and eight touchdowns. He battled through a hamstring injury before tearing his MCL late in the year, prematurely ending his season.

With Hopkins sidelined for the first month and a half, Arizona will rely on recently-acquired Hollywood Brown, as well as A.J. Green and 2021 second-round pick Rondale Moore. Last year's breakout find Antoine Wesley should also factor into the rotation.

Hopkins, 30, should be able to return in late October.