Dec 19 update: Hopkins tore his MCL but could get back late in the playoffs, according to Adam Schefter. He could return for the NFC Championship Game or Super Bowl, but anything earlier would be “unrealistic.”
Wednesday update: It seemed a bit ominous when it was reported that Hopkins was looking for a second opinion on his knee and now we know why. He will miss the rest of the regular season, per Adam Schefter. Christian Kirks, A.J. Green and Rondale Moore will take on the bulk of his workload.
Cardinals’ WR DeAndre Hopkins is expected to miss the rest of the regular season with a sprained knee, but the team is hopeful to get him back at some point in the postseason, leagues sources tell me and @JFowlerESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 15, 2021
Wednesday update: Hopkins is in danger of missing the Cardinals Week 15 game against the Lions, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. He won’t participate in Wednesday’s walkthrough and seek more opinions on his injury.
The Arizona Cardinals saw two of their best offensive players, James Conner and DeAndre Hopkins, suffer injuries late in Monday’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Conner said he will be fine after the game, but Hopkins will get an MRI on his leg. The wide receiver already missed time this year with a hamstring injury, so this could be either an aggravation or a completely new issue.
Kliff Kingsbury said DeAndre Hopkins is having an MRI for a leg injury. No further information.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) December 14, 2021
Fantasy football implications
This has implications for everyone on Arizona’s offense. If Hopkins can’t go, Rondale Moore, Christian Kirk and A.J. Green will also see their projections rise slightly. Kyler Murray might have to adjust a bit with Hopkins out, but he should remain a QB1 in Week 15. Arizona’s running game should be largely unaffected as well, but Conner’s emergence as a receiver could take another jump with Hopkins out. Unfortunately for managers, it’s hard to tell whether the receiver will be ready for the start of the fantasy playoffs.