For the first time in his NFL career, DeAndre Hopkins missed substantial time with an injury.
Before this season, the Arizona wideout had only missed two games in his professional career. In 2021 Hopkins missed seven regular season games with first a hamstring and then a knee injury, as well as the Cardinals playoff game.
Hopkins spoke about his knee injury during a SiriusXM Radio interview at the Super Bowl 56’s Radio Row in Los Angeles on Thursday.
“It’s new territory for me with the MCL injury,” Hopkins said to Bruce Murray and Rich Gannon. “Something that I am not happy with, but it’s life. Rehab is going great, I’m actually ahead of schedule. I wish I could have helped the guys get to the Super Bowl this year, that was more hurtful than the injury itself and not playing.”
The former Clemson star finished the season with 64 catches for 572 yards and eight touchdowns over 10 games. In another interview he gave with a local Arizona television station, Hopkins said the injury was a learning experience. That it was his body’s way of reminding him he’s got to be extra careful as he’s getting older.
“It was very unusual,” Hopkins said. “It was a great experience though. It was a wake-up call for me to take care of the body and do certain things as you’re getting older. I’m going into year 10, so for me it was something that’s going to motivate me to do better next year. Hopefully I’m better than I ever was in year 10.”
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