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Cardinals Activate DeAndre Hopkins, Cut Matt Ammendola

Suspended wide receiver gets back on roster

Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins practices against the Titans during training camp work in Nashville in August.
Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins practices against the Titans during training camp work in Nashville in August.

DeAndre Hopkins is officially back.

The Cardinals reinstated the wide receiver, who had been suspended for the first six weeks of the season, to the active roster on Monday. To make room, the team released kicker Matt Ammendola.

Hopkins will slide immediately back into the No. 1 receiving role, although the planned pairing with Hollywood Brown is on hold now that Brown suffered a serious foot injury. The Cardinals did add veteran Robbie Anderson in a trade on Monday to work with Hopkins.

Between hamstring and knee injuries last season and this season's suspension, Hopkins has missed 14 of the Cardinals' last 16 games, including the playoff loss to the Rams. Last year, Hopkins had 42 catches for 572 yards and eight touchdowns in 10 games.

Ammendola's time with the Cardinals was always going to be short-term. He missed a game-tying field goal in his first game against the Eagles, and Sunday missed an extra point in Seattle. The Cardinals also chose to go for it on fourth down on three different instances where a field goal could've been tried.

The move doesn't guarantee veteran Matt Prater will be ready to kick Thursday against the Saints, although coach Kliff Kingsbury should provide an update when speaking to the media this afternoon.

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