The Cardinals have fared well through injuries this season — their first with 10-plus wins since 2015 — but now they’ll enter the stretch without their superstar wide receiver.
DeAndre Hopkins will miss the rest of the regular season after undergoing surgery for a sprained knee suffered against the Rams on Monday.
The expected recovery time is six weeks, which means the 29-year-old could possibly return in one scenario: if the 10-3 Cards make a deep playoff run.
He’s only played 10 games this season, but Hopkins’ impact has been undeniable.
The injuries are only a recent concern for “Nuk” — he missed only two games in his first eight seasons, but is on pace to miss seven this year.
Hopkins’ five-year, $81 million contract with Houston signed in 2017 extends through next season. His two-year, $54.5 million extension with Arizona begins in 2023.
The Cards lead the Rams by a game in the NFC West, hold the 3-seed in the playoff picture, and have the seventh-easiest remaining schedule.