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Cardinals hold high hopes for DeAndre Hopkins vs. Packers

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The Arizona Cardinals were dealt a tough hand on Wednesday when it was announced that J.J. Watt will likely miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury. They received a bit of a good news entering their Thursday night matchup against the Green Bay Packers in regards to their superstar wideout DeAndre Hopkins.

Per Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, Hopkins is expected to play for the Cardinals despite dealing with a hamstring injury.

Having Hopkins available is obviously huge for the Cardinals as they’ve been one of the most productive offenses in the NFL this year and a big reason for that is the play of D-Hop.

As for the Packers, the injury report is never-ending for Thursday night.

Green Bay already won’t have Jaire Alexander, Za’Darius Smith, Josh Myers for the matchup against the Cardinals. Additionally, Davante Adams and Allen Lazard landed on the COVID list alongside defensive coordinator Joe Barry who won’t be coaching in the game. Kevin King and Preston Smith, two vital pieces on the defense, are questionable for the matchup. David Bakhtiari hasn’t played all year and it remains to be seen if he will return to play Thursday against Arizona. Wideout Marquez Valdes-Scantling has been on injured reserve for a few weeks and his status seems promising in terms of being able to suit up against the Cardinals.

For the Cardinals to keep the good vibes rolling on offense, they will need Hopkins to suit up as he has a more than favorable matchup against a depleted Packers cornerback group. Things are trending in the right direction for D-Hop to be able to play.