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Kliff Kingsbury: DeAndre Hopkins’ return in Week 7 ‘is going to uplift us’

Oct 16, 2022, 6:06 PM | Updated: Oct 17, 2022, 12:32 am
DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the second qua...

The Arizona Cardinals’ 19-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 6 represented more than just another blemish in the win-loss column.

It marked the last game without No. 1 wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

The receiver, who has been sidelined for the first six games of the season due to a PED suspension, is eligible to come back in Week 7.

Hopkins has been able to use the team facility in a limited capacity since Week 4 but will now be able to practice and attend group workouts when the team reconvenes ahead of a Thursday Night Football matchup against the New Orleans Saints.

“Every time I see him, I’ve got a big smile on my face,” quarterback Kyler Murray said Wednesday. “He’s got a big smile, too. Just having him around and understanding how much he loves it and how much he misses it. … He’s one of our leaders and we can’t wait to have him back.”

The wide receiver’s return couldn’t come at a better time for a Cardinals offense that has floundered through most of the season.

In the team’s loss to the Seahawks on Sunday, the Cardinals offense was held to just three points against a defense that entered Week 6 allowing the second-most points per game at 30.8.

Getting a player of Hopkins’ caliber back in the fold will hopefully move the needle in the right direction for the Cardinals.

“He’s a playmaker, obviously,” head coach Kliff Kingsbury told Cardinals sideline reporter Paul Calvisi after the loss to the Seahawks. “His level of competitiveness, the way he practices, the way he talks, it’s going to be good for us. It’s going to uplift us and it’s a tall task for him on a short week going into Thursday night, but I’m sure he’ll be fired up to play.”

While Hopkins is scheduled to be back at practice this week, the same can’t be said for fellow wide receiver Hollywood Brown, who injured his foot late in the loss and had to be helped off the field.

The wide receiver was seen in a boot and walking with a noticeable limp after the game and told reporters X-rays were negative. With a quick turnaround this week, though, his status for TNF is very much up in the air.

Brown has been the Cardinals’ No. 1 receiving option this season, pacing Arizona’s pass catchers across the board statistically. He had five catches for 68 yards Sunday before exiting the game.

Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury speaks at a news conference after his team's NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) fumbles while sacked by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Darrell Taylor (52) during the first half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. Cardinals offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum, right, recovered the ball. (AP Photo/Caean Couto) Seattle Seahawks tight end Will Dissly (89) runs against Arizona Cardinals linebacker Zaven Collins (25) during the first half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr) Arizona Cardinals tight end Zach Ertz (86) is tackled by Seattle Seahawks cornerback Tariq Woolen (27) during the second half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Caean Couto) Former Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander is honored into the team's Ring of Honor during halftime of an NFL football game between the Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) scrambles away from Seattle Seahawks linebacker Boye Mafe (53) during the second half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr) Former Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander is honored into the team's Ring of Honor during halftime of an NFL football game between the Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Caean Couto) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) passes in front of Seattle Seahawks defensive end Darrell Taylor (52) during the second half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Caean Couto) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) passes against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Caean Couto) Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury watches from the sideline during the second half of his team's NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr) Seattle Seahawks running back Kenneth Walker III (9) runs against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Caean Couto) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) scrambles against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr) Arizona Cardinals running back Eno Benjamin, middle left, runs against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Caean Couto) Arizona Cardinals linebacker Myjai Sanders, top, sacks Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith during the second half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Caean Couto) Arizona Cardinals tight end Zach Ertz, right, catches a pass in front of Seattle Seahawks safety Ryan Neal during the second half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Caean Couto) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) fumbles while tackled by Seattle Seahawks cornerback Coby Bryant, right, during the second half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. The ball was recovered by Seahawks cornerback Tariq Woolen. (AP Photo/Caean Couto) Arizona Cardinals' Chris Banjo, middle, celebrates after recovering a fumble for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Caean Couto) Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf (14) cannot catch a pass in front of Arizona Cardinals linebacker Tanner Vallejo during the second half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr) Seattle Seahawks running back Kenneth Walker III (9) runs for a touchdown against Arizona Cardinals cornerback Byron Murphy Jr. (7) during the second half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Caean Couto) Seattle Seahawks running back Kenneth Walker III celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Caean Couto) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) celebrates a touchdown run by running back Kenneth Walker III during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) passes against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Caean Couto) Seattle Seahawks safety Ryan Neal, left, breaks up a pass intended for Arizona Cardinals tight end Zach Ertz during the second half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr) Arizona Cardinals tight end Zach Ertz, right, catches a pass in front of Seattle Seahawks cornerback Tariq Woolen (27) during the second half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr) Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll greets players during the second half of his team's NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Caean Couto) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) passes against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, bottom, reacts after being sacked against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr) Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt watches from the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr) Seattle Seahawks cornerback Tariq Woolen (27) celebrates with safety Josh Jones after intercepting a pass intended for Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Marquise Brown, left, during the second half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr) Seattle Seahawks cornerback Tariq Woolen (27) intercepts a pass intended for Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Marquise Brown, rear, during the second half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr) Seattle Seahawks defensive end Shelby Harris (93) gestures toward fans during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr) Arizona Cardinals tight end Trey McBride reacts on the bench during the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, left, runs against Seattle Seahawks defensive end Shelby Harris (93) and defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson (77) during the first half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Caean Couto) Seattle Seahawks linebacker Uchenna Nwosu (10) celebrates after sacking Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray during the first half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Caean Couto) Seattle Seahawks running back Kenneth Walker III (9) runs against Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Rashard Lawrence (90) during the first half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) runs in front of Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt (99) during the first half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Caean Couto) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) drops back to pass against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Caean Couto) Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt (99) reacts after a tackle against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Rondale Moore (4) runs against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Rondale Moore (4) runs against Seattle Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs (6) during the first half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray passes against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Caean Couto) Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf (14) cannot catch a pass against Arizona Cardinals cornerback Byron Murphy Jr. during the first half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr) Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf (14) cannot catch a pass over Arizona Cardinals linebacker Isaiah Simmons (9) during the first half of an NFL football game in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

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