Arizona Cardinals mentor Kliff Kingsbury didn’t need wide beneficiary DeAndre Hopkins to keep playing subsequent to disturbing the hamstring injury that kept him clumsy the entire week in the main quarter Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers.
Hopkins had different plans.
Subsequent to passing on multiple quarters as he tried his hamstring with runs on the sideline, Hopkins registered himself back with the game a few times, Kingsbury said. Furthermore, after the Cardinals’ 24-21 misfortune to the Packers, Kingsbury spread the word about it he wasn’t content with Hopkins’ choice.
“We wanted him to stay off the field but he’d just run on,” Kingsbury said. “He wants to play, super competitive and made some plays there, and we just want him to be smart, but he was definitely hurting.”
Hopkins snatched his hamstring in the wake of pulling in a 61-yard pass for a score with 8:18 left in the principal quarter that was discredited due to a facemask punishment on Hopkins. He didn’t return until the 8:15 characteristic of the second from last quarter, a range of 30 minutes.
Hopkins played only 13 absolute snaps however gave the Cardinals a lift when he was on the field. Arizona found the middle value of 10.9 yards per play when Hopkins played contrasted with 4.6 yards per play when he didn’t.
“He wants to be out there,” Kingsbury said. “He’s competitive as anybody I’ve been around, and he ended up making some plays. But, we also have a lot of games left so we’re trying to be smart with him.”
Hopkins was on the field for the Cardinals’ last hostile play of the game, when Murray tossed a block attempt on a pass from the Packers 5-yard-line with 15 seconds left that was focused on to A.J. Green. The pick was an aftereffect of a “miscommunication,” both Murray and Kingsbury said, in light of the fact that Green never realized the pass was coming his direction.
The ball flew directly by him without Green turning his head protector, and into the arms of Packers cornerback Rasul Douglas, who Green Bay closed down Arizona’s training crew recently.
“I honestly don’t know,” Murray said about what happened on the play. However, Kingsbury said it was an audible. Arizona got the one-on-one look with Green, who was the lone receiver split wide, that it wanted.
“It wasn’t the route that we thought we had checked,” Kingsbury said. “So, we got to communicate better in those situations.”
During the play, Murray was moved up on. Murray went down and was taken care of via coaches, and cameras showed Murray limping after the play. He said he was “acceptable” after the game yet Murray was seen wearing a mobile boot to his left side leg as he left the arena.