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DeAndre Hopkins returns to practice Friday ahead of Week 6 matchup vs. Browns

We break down the news that DeAndre Hopkins is back at practice after missing two days with an undefined illness.

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Friday update: Hopkins is back at practice Friday after missing two days with an undisclosed illness. The receiver appears to be on track to play in Sunday’s contest against the Browns and should be the top option for Kyler Murray once again.

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins did not participate on Thursday due to an illness. The star receiver for the Cards was also listed as a DNP for Wednesday’s practice, so this is certainly something the undefeated franchise doesn’t want to be dealing with just three days ahead of their Week 6 showdown at the Cleveland Browns.

As of now, Hopkins’ illness is undefined and thought to be non-COVID related in spite of earlier reports of three positive tests within the organization. Pro Bowl pass rusher Chandler Jones was placed on the COVID-19 list on Tuesday after a positive test.

Fantasy football implications

This is obviously a situation to monitor into Friday as his status during practice then will most likely give an indicator if he’s ready to go this weekend.

Hopkins is a must-start in any league but fortunately there’s a handful of backup options like Rondale Moore and AJ Green to turn to just in case.