DeAndre Hopkins considering retirement after recent NFL news

(Photo by Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) DeAndre Hopkins
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Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is questioning his future in the NFL after some new rules were announced on Thursday.

In his first season with the Arizona Cardinals last year, DeAndre Hopkins was basically everything the team was hoping for when they made a trade with the Houston Texans to acquire him.

Hopkins appeared in all 16 games for the Cardinals last season, finishing with 115 catches for 1,407 yards and six touchdowns.

Arizona was hoping to see more of the same from their top wide receiver during the upcoming season. But now, Hopkins playing for the Cardinals this year might not happen.

Tweet from DeAndre Hopkins places his future with the Arizona Cardinals in doubt

On Thursday, the NFL introduced some new rules that could potentially have a significant impact around the league during the upcoming season.

Teams that have a COVID-19 outbreak among unvaccinated players during the regular season could now be forced to forfeit games if any impacted matchups are unable to be rescheduled. If a game is canceled next season due to a COVID-19 outbreak, no players from either team in the matchup will receive a game check.

After finding this news out, Hopkins then posted the following on his Twitter account.

Hopkins actually ended up deleting the above tweet shortly after posting it. So maybe he’s no longer thinking about sitting out of the 2021 season?

Either way, Hopkins doesn’t sound too thrilled about the new rules put in place by the NFL on Thursday.

If he doesn’t play this year, it would be a tremendous blow to the Cardinals’ chances of getting into the playoffs for the first time since 2015. Arizona’s passing attack would obviously suffer greatly without their No. 1 receiver out on the field.

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We will likely find out more about what Hopkins plans to do for the upcoming season in the near future. But until then, Cardinals fans will be anxiously awaiting his decision.