Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins will be a game-time decision for the team’s upcoming Week 3 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars due to a rib injury, as noted by head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
“We’ll see,” Kingsbury said on Friday. “I think it’s a crucial next 48 hours and see how he feels Sunday. He’s a tough guy, obviously. … We’ll see if he can go.”
Hopkins has not practiced this week ahead of the Cardinals’ road matchup with the Jaguars. He wound up missing the open portion of Arizona’s practice on Friday.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport noted that there is a “chance” Hopkins will feature against the Jaguars.
The Arizona star receiver was not Kyler Murray’s go-to option in the team’s dramatic home win over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2. Still, he delivered when called upon, as he caught four passes for 54 receiving yards.
If Hopkins ends up not receiving the green light to play against the Jaguars, then several other wideouts in Arizona’s daunted wide receiver group will surely be called upon to step up in his absence.
For one, Cardinals rookie receiver Rondale Moore, who shined for the team with 114 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown against the Vikings, may see an increase in targets in the upcoming clash with the Jaguars should Hopkins be ruled out due to his nagging injury.
The Jaguars come into this matchup with the Cardinals ranking 27th in pass defense, as they have allowed 295.5 passing yards per game over their opening two games this season. Regardless of Hopkins’ availability for this game, much attention will be centered on whether the Jaguars will be able to contain the Cardinals’ potent wide receiver unit.