IRDeAndre Hopkins
WR ARI (12)
Tue 1/18/22 4:33 PM

Hopkins (knee) is expected to be 100 percent within the next month, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
For the first time in his nine-year career, Hopkins missed significant time due to injury in 2021. First, he sat out Weeks 9-11 due to a hamstring strain, and after suiting up in Weeks 13 and 14, Hopkins suffered what was eventually revealed to be a sprained MCL that required surgery and a likely 2-4 month recovery. There was talk that he might be healthy enough to return if the Cardinals reached the NFC Championship Game, but the team was unceremoniously bounced from the playoffs by the Rams in the wild-card round. With no possibility of playing again during the current campaign, the 29-year-old will focus on rehabbing his knee and shouldn't have a problem being available for the offseason program. The composition of the receiving corps around Hopkins may be much different at that time due to the pending unrestricted free agencies of A.J. Green, Christian Kirk, Zach Ertz and Maxx Williams (knee).

IRDeAndre Hopkins
WR ARI (12)
Sun 12/19/21 9:45 AM

Hopkins (knee) could be ready to come off injured reserve if the Cardinals advance to the NFC Championship Game, but a return any earlier than that is considered "unrealistic," a source tells Adam Schefter of ESPN.
EDGE Analysis
Hopkins underwent surgery Friday to address a torn MCL, an injury that Josina Anderson of CBS Sports reported was expected to require a 2-to-4-month recovery timeline. The NFC Championship Game will be held Jan. 30 -- approximately seven weeks after Hopkins underwent surgery -- so the Cardinals may have some hope that the star wideout can narrowly beat the short end of that timeline. Ultimately, how Hopkins progresses in his recovery over the next month or so will dictate whether he's on track to play late in the postseason, and even in a best-case scenario, he would likely be on a limited snap count.

IRDeAndre Hopkins
WR ARI (12)
Sat 12/18/21 4:12 PM

The Cardinals placed Hopkins (knee) on injured reserve Saturday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.
EDGE Analysis
Hopkins was poised to miss significant time due to a torn MCL, which was supposed to be addressed via surgery Friday. He has a wide range of recovery timelines, from six weeks on the low end to as much as 2-to-4 months on the other, per Josina Anderson of CBS Sports. Clearly, the latter timetable would rule Hopkins out through the entire postseason, but in any case the Cardinals will roll with A.J. Green, Christian Kirk, Rondale Moore, Antoine Wesley and Andy Isabella at wide receiver for the rest of the regular season and likely the playoffs, too.

IRDeAndre Hopkins
WR ARI (12)
Thu 12/16/21 11:52 AM

The Cardinals are bracing for the possibility of Hopkins (knee) missing "2-to-4 months" once he undergoes surgery Friday in Los Angeles to address a torn MCL, Josina Anderson of CBS Sports reports.
EDGE Analysis
Anderson adds that at least for the time being, the Cardinals aren't expecting Hopkins to play again in the regular season or postseason. The report differs slightly from one provided earlier Thursday by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, who relayed that Hopkins will likely be in store for a six-week recovery period, a timeline that would give him a shot to play if the Cardinals make a deep postseason run. More consensus on a timeline for Hopkins could come once surgery is completed Friday and the Cardinals are familiar with the extent of his operation, but in any case, the star receiver can safely be ruled out for Arizona's remaining four games of the regular season. With Hopkins out of the mix, wideouts A.J. Green, Christian Kirk, Rondale Moore and Antoine Wesley, tight end Zach Ertz and running backs James Conner (ankle) and Chase Edmonds (ankle) will represent quarterback Kyler Murray's top targets in the passing game for the foreseeable future.

IRDeAndre Hopkins
WR ARI (12)
Thu 12/16/21 9:38 AM1 Comment

Hopkins (knee) will meet with Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Thursday and is expected to undergo surgery soon after to address a badly torn MCL, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. He's expected to face a six-week recovery period, with a goal of returning to action in late January.
EDGE Analysis
After he was diagnosed with a sprained knee following an MRI on Tuesday, Hopkins sought a second opinion on his injury Wednesday, at which time surgery was recommended for the star wideout. He'll heed the advice of doctors and have the procedure, which will knock him out for the remainder of the regular season, and quite likely, the at least the first two rounds of the playoffs. The 10-3 Cardinals will clinch a playoff spot with a win over the Lions in Week 15 and are still in good position to get a bye for the wild-card round, but Hopkins would likely remain out through the divisional round, if the six-week estimated timeline holds. Expect Arizona to formally place Hopkins on injured reserve no later than Saturday, but fantasy managers in redraft leagues can already comfortably drop the receiver from active rosters. He'll finish his second regular season in Arizona with 42 receptions for 572 yards and eight touchdowns across 10 games.

IRDeAndre Hopkins
WR ARI (12)
Wed 12/15/21 3:29 PM

Hopkins is in line to miss the remainder of the regular season due to a knee sprain, with the hope he'll be available for the playoffs, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
EDGE Analysis
According to Schefter, Hopkins is receiving a second opinion on his knee with Dr. Neal ElAttrache, which could result in the wideout requiring surgery. With Hopkins sidelined, the Cardinals will be down to A.J. Green, Christian Kirk, Rondale Moore, Antoine Wesley and Andy Isabella at the position for the foreseeable future.

IRDeAndre Hopkins
WR ARI (12)
Wed 12/15/21 12:04 PM

Arizona head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Hopkins is slated to get a second opinion on his leg injury Wednesday after previously getting an MRI, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
EDGE Analysis
With that in mind, Hopkins' status for Sunday's game against the Lions has yet to determined. If Hopkins is out or limited this weekend or beyond, added looks would be available for fellow wideouts A.J. Green, Christian Kirk and Rondale Moore. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Hopkins, who is thought to be dealing with a knee issue, won't participate in Wednesday's walk-through practice.

IRDeAndre Hopkins
WR ARI (12)
Tue 12/14/21 3:37 PM

Coach Kliff Kingbury disclosed Tuesday that Hopkins is undergoing an MRI for a leg injury, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
EDGE Analysis
Hopkins missed time earlier in the season for a hamstring injury, but Kingsbury was unwilling to disclose any more information about why this latest scan was done. Hopkins missing additional time would be a huge hit to the Cardinals receiving corps as they continue their pursuit of the top seed in the NFC. A.J. Green, Christian Kirk and rookie Rondale Moore would all figure to see added looks should Hopkins wind up missing any more time.

IRDeAndre Hopkins
WR ARI (12)
Mon 12/13/21 11:50 PM

Hopkins caught 5 of 12 targets for 54 yards in Monday night's 30-23 loss to the Rams.
EDGE Analysis
Hopkins got going with a pair of first-down gains early, but he narrowly missed out on a couple consecutive end-zone targets from close range in the second quarter. The wideout then dropped a critical fourth-and-two pass during the third, adding to his frustrations. With some failed contested targets to end the game -- which were followed by Hopkins seen limping on the sideline, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official website reports -- it overall was a performance to forget from Hopkins, who will hope to rebound in what could be a great fantasy matchup versus the Lions in Week 15.

IRDeAndre Hopkins
WR ARI (12)
Sun 12/5/21 4:30 PM

Hopkins (hamstring) brought in both targets for 32 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals' 33-22 win over the Bears on Sunday.
EDGE Analysis
The veteran wideout wasted no time proving his return to health when he found the end zone in the first quarter on a 20-yard connection with Kyler Murray (ankle), who also was making his return from a three-game absence. Coach Kliff Kingsbury deployed the passing game sparingly most of the afternoon, however, and Hopkins was handled with care with an eye on the stretch run and subsequent postseason. However, the air attack, and by extension, Hopkins, figures to play a much more prominent role during a key Week 14 Monday night home battle against the Rams.