Hopkins’ brand manager, Doug Sanders, wrote in a text message to ESPN’s Adam Schefter that a test in November returned “trace elements of a banned substance” and that tests in both the month before and after were negative.
“I was confused and shocked,” Hopkins tweeted later. “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. I fully intend to get to the bottom of this. As soon as I have more information I will share it.”
Hopkins will be allowed to play during the preseason and practice with the team until the beginning of the 2022 regular season.
Hopkins, a three-time first-team All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl selection, will turn 30 on June 6 and is coming off an injury-riddled season that led to the lowest output of his career.