2:33 PM ET
TEMPE, Ariz. — In one of the most poignant rants about practicing since Allen Iverson’s famous comments in 2002, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins defended his practice habits on Wednesday.
Yes, Hopkins, one of the Cardinals’ franchise players, was, indeed, talking about practice. Not a game. Practice.
Hopkins has come under fire for missing a number of practices this season, but the lack of practice time hasn’t mattered to the NFL’s leading receiver, who has 1,324 yards and was named to his fifth Pro Bowl on Monday.
Out of 41 practices thus far this season Hopkins has missed 18, with 13 coming on Wednesdays, 10 of which were for veteran days off, according to the Cardinals’ injury reports. He has missed five practices with an ankle injury, including all of Week 4 and two-thirds of Week 7. He missed one practice in Week 12 with an illness, and another practice in Week 13 with neck and back issues.
He also has been limited three times.
The only week Hopkins hasn’t been listed on the injury report was in Week 6, when the Cardinals played at the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football.