Hopkins believes failed PED test results from contamination
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins said his failed drug test, which resulted in a six-game suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy, is due to a contaminated sample.
"There was 0.1 percent found in my system," Hopkins said, according to the Arizona Republic's Bob McManaman. "If you know what that is, you know it's contamination, not something taken directly. I don't take any supplements. I've never taken supplements. I barely take vitamins.
"So for something like that to happen to me, obviously I was shocked, but my team and I, we're still trying to figure out what's going on," he added.
Hopkins, a three-time All-Pro, said traces of an illegal substance found in his system during a November drug test turned out to be ostarine. The substance is a Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator (SARM) that is not approved for human consumption.
The Cardinals star remains puzzled as to how a small trace of the substance entered his system. "I'm pretty much a naturopathic person," he said.
Hopkins understands receiving a reduction in his suspension is likely a longshot after withdrawing his appeal. Arizona will lean on a pass-catching group that features Marquise Brown, A.J. Green, and Rondale Moore during Hopkins' suspension, but he remains confident the Cardinals can succeed in his absence.
"That's the NFL," he said. "It's next man up. I have no doubt in those guys to win those six games until I'm ready."
Arizona expects Hopkins to be all set for training camp after he missed on-field drills this offseason to continue rehabbing his knee following surgery. The star wideout will be allowed to practice and dress for preseason games but must stay away from the team while serving his suspension.
The five-time Pro Bowler is looking forward to putting the positive test and 2021-22 season behind him. Hopkins missed seven games due to a hamstring injury, forcing the team to place him on season-ending injured reserve with a torn MCL.
Along with his eight touchdowns, Hopkins hauled career-lows in receptions (42) and yards (572) through 10 games last season.