Arizona Cardinals legend Larry Fitzgerald thinks DeAndre Hopkins is still a future Hall of Famer and he will overcome the latest challenge and adversity. The Cardinals suffered a major blow this offseason when the NFL announced a six-game ban for Hopkins.
Hopkins tested positive for a prohibited substance and he will be out for at least the first six weeks of the 2022 season. "He'll still be a Hall of Famer," Fitzgerald told TMZ Sports. "He'll work through it.
It's just some adversity and, you know, he's a tough guy, resourceful, and he'll work his way through it." Fitzgerald admitted it won't be easy to replace Hopkins but noted the Cardinals still have several extremely talented players who can make plays.
The Cardinals lost Christian Kirk this offseason but also signed Marquise "Hollywood" Brown. The Cardinals' wide receiver corps also includes A.J. Green, Rondale Moore and Andy Isabella. Also, they have three-time Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz.
Fitzgerald: The Cardinals have the talent even without Hopkins
"They got some talented guys around them," Fitzgerald added. "Obviously, it's a big blow, but I think they'll be able to weather the storm."
Meanwhile, Hopkins insisted he didn't intentionally take the prohibited substance. Hopkins has promised to get down to the point of the problem and get to know how he ended up taking the prohibited substance. "In my 10-year NFL career, I have never tested positive for using performance enhancing drugs," Hopkins said in a statement posted on his Twitter.
. "To learn that my November test came back with trace elements of a banned substance, I was confused and shocked. I am very mindful of what I put it in my body and have always taken a holistic approach, so I am working with my team to investigate how this could've happened.
But even as careful as I have been, clearly I wasn't careful enough. For that, I apologize to Cardinals fans, my teammates, and the entire Cardinals organization. I never want to let my team down. I fully intend to get to the bottom of this.
As soon as I have more information, I will share it." Hopkins missed several games during the regular season last year and he was also not available for the Cardinals' wildcard game versus the Los Angeles Rams. Hopkins came to the Cardinals hoping to win his first Super Bowl.