DeAndre Hopkins Hoping Return Starts In Chicago

Murray at least was on the practice field Friday. Hopkins was not, a move Kingsbury said was only a precaution.

Hopkins last played against the Packers on Oct. 28, already hurting. He did not practice that week (although on a short week, the Cardinals as a team didn’t really practice anyway) and played only 15 snaps, famously running back into a few plays after the Cardinals thought he was probably done.

Did that make his injury worse? Hopkins said he doesn’t know, but “I don’t regret anything about that.”

Since then, Kingsbury said he has had in-depth conversations with Hopkins making sure the veteran understands his health is crucial for the Cardinals’ playoff run.

“I’m sure game day all that will go out the window,” Kingsbury said with a chuckle, “but it was a good talk.”

Hopkins, though, says he gets it. He knows he’ll be needed for the Cardinals to win playoff games.

Hopkins said he’s tried to stay as engaged with the team as possible, attending walkthroughs, watching practice. “I want to be felt,” he said. “I’m a leader on this team.”

As a leader, Hopkins also praised the receiving corps that has worked in his absence – A.J. Green, Christian Kirk, Rondale Moore, Antoine Wesley.

Kingsbury too complimented each of those players by name, giving Murray backup Colt McCoy a way to win two of three.

“We know Hop is one of the best players in the…

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