The Arizona Cardinals will begin the season without DeAndre Hopkins.
Hopkins was suspended for six games by the NFL on Monday for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Hopkins has withdrawn his appeal, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. This concludes his suspension.
The positive test resulted apparently in November.
“In my 10-year NFL career, I have never tested positive for using performance enhancing drugs,” Hopkins said in a statement on Monday night. “To learn that my November test came back with trace elements of a banned substance, I was confused and shocked.
“I am very mindful of what I put in my body and have always taken a holistic approach, so I am working with my team to investigate how this could’ve happened. But even as careful as I have been, clearly I wasn’t careful enough. For that, I apologize to Cardinals fans, my teammates and the entire Cardinals organization. I never want to let my team down.”