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Cardinals-Panthers injury report: Hopkins a game-time decision

Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Arizona Cardinals runs with the football past defensive back Chris Jones #41 of the Detroit Lions in the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. The Lions defeated the Cardinals 26-23. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins will be game-time decision for the team’s matchup against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, head coach Kliff Kingsbury told reporters Friday.

Kingsbury added the team wants to remain cautious with the wide receiver this early in the season.

“I don’t think we’ll know until Sunday. We’ll see how he feels,” Kingsbury said. “If he can go, he’ll go, but we don’t want to put him out there — it’s early in the year — if he isn’t feeling his best.”

Hopkins was listed with an ankle injury throughout the week, though it’s questionable how concerning his appearance on the official report might be. Arizona so far this year has rested him on Wednesdays on a non-injury basis. The receiver spoke to reporters on a Zoom call Wednesday before the injury report was released and was not asked about his absence from practice because his rest days have been routine.

Hopkins has missed only two out of 112 regular season games in his career thus far, with one being due to injury.

Fellow wideout Christian Kirk is also a game-time decision. The WR had been practicing on a limited basis all week as he deals with a groin injury.

Safety Chris Banjo, who did not participate in practice all week, will not play due to a hamstring injury, Kingsbury said. Safety Budda Baker, recovering from thumb surgery, will also not suit up.

As for the Panthers, offensive linemen Russell Okung (groin) and Dennis Daley (ankle) are listed as questionable.

Player Position Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game Status
Budda Baker S Thumb DNP DNP DNP Out
Chris Banjo S Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Out
Larry Fitzgerald WR Not-injury related DNP Full Full
DeAndre Hopkins WR Ankle DNP DNP DNP Questionable
Devon Kennard OLB Calf DNP DNP DNP Questionable
Corey Peters DT Not-injury related DNP Full Full
Tanner Vallejo ILB Illness DNP Full Questionable
Zach Allen DE Knee Limited Full Full
Mason Cole C Hamstring Limited Limited Limited Questionable
Dennis Gardeck OLB Foot Limited Limited Limited Questionable
Christian Kirk WR Groin Limited Limited Limited Questionable
Dre Kirkpatrick CB Head Limited DNP Questionable

Player Position Injury Wednesday Thursday Friday Game Status
Derrick Brown DT Not-injury related DNP Full
Yetur Gross-Matos DE Illness DNP DNP Limited
Russell Okung OT Groin DNP Limited Limited Questionable
Jeremy Chinn S Hip Limited Limited Limited
Dennis Daley OG Ankle Limited Limited Limited Questionable
Donte Jackson CB Toe Limited Full Full
Kawann Short DT Foot Limited Full Full
Adarius Taylor LB Hip Limited Limited Limited
Curtis Samuel WR Elbow Full Full Full


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