Los Angeles Times

NFL suspends Arizona’s Hopkins

- staff and wire reports

Arizona Cardinals three-time All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was suspended six games for violating the NFL’s policy on performanc­e-enhancing substances.

It’s a stunning blow for the Cardinals, who went 11-6 last season but faded down the stretch when Hopkins was out of the lineup because of injuries.

Now they will be without the 29year-old for a big chunk of the upcoming season. Hopkins played in 10 games last season, catching 42 passes for 572 yards and eight touchdowns. He missed much of the last half of the season because of hamstring and knee injuries.

An independen­t investigat­ion launched by the NFL found no evidence the Cleveland Browns purposely lost games during the 2016 and 2017 seasons as former coach Hue Jackson claimed. The league said a 60-day independen­t review determined “none of the allegation­s could be substantia­ted.” Former U.S. Attorney and Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White led the investigat­ive team.

The Chargers declined to pick up the fifth-year option on defensive lineman Jerry Tillery . He would have been due a 2022 base salary of $10.8 million. Tillery, drafted 28th overall in 2019, is now set to be a free agent in 2023. This is the first time since Tom Telesco became GM in 2013 that the Chargers have not picked up the fifthyear option on a player he drafted.

— Jeff Miller

The San Francisco 49ers are bringing back oft-injured cornerback Jason Verrett on a one-year deal . ... The Pittsburgh Steelers declined the fifth-year option on inside linebacker Devin Bush . ... Running back Mike Davis was released by the Atlanta Falcons . ... The Browns released kickers Chase McLaughlin and Chris Blewitt, two days after selecting Cade York, one of college football’s best kickers, in the fourth round of the draft . ... A lawyer for Brian Flores, an NFL coach who sued the league over alleged racist hiring practices, told a judge that arbitratio­n is the wrong way to resolve the lawsuit in part because NFL Commission­er Roger Goodell would be the arbitrator . ... The Cincinnati Bengals re-signed their longest-tenured player, punter Kevin Huber , to a one-year contract . ... Kansas City put an unrestrict­ed free-agent tender on defensive end Melvin Ingram and traded for Houston cornerback Lonnie Johnson.

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