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Hopkins Held Out Sunday for 'Precautionary' Hamstring Tightness

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins reported to Sunday's practice with left hamstring tightness, per head coach Kliff Kingsbury.

Ahead of the Arizona Cardinals' first padded practice of training camp, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was held out of Sunday's session as a precautionary measure due to a tight left hamstring, according to head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Hopkins has otherwise been a full participant since training camp opened Wednesday.

"Hop has a bit of some left hamstring tightness," Kingsbury told reporters via videoconference. "(Being held out was) more precautionary than anything ... He wasn't out there for the start of practice."

This is Hopkins' first training camp with the Cardinals since the blockbuster trade with the Texans last March that also sent running back David Johnson to Houston. It is also the first in which the league as a whole is dealing with extra precautions for player safety due to COVID-19.

With the lack of traditional offseason programs due to the coronavirus forcing the NFL to suspend in-person training at facilities during the summer, teams have been adjusting back to that lifestyle since returning. Players were expected to have stayed in shape on their own and it will be evident which of them best prepared when the season kicks off.

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As for the beginning of padded practices Monday, Kingsbury is excited for "real football" in State Farm Stadium again.

"That's what we're looking for, just getting back to to playing real football," he said. "We won't be taking to the ground, but we'll have some physicality out there. And that's we want. It's going to be here quick, 28 days I think from today we'll be in San Francisco. And so, we have a lot of making up to do and there'll be a bunch of padded practices where we're trying to get ourselves game ready and tomorrow will be the start of that."

The Cardinals also utilized Sunday's session as a tryout of the automated crowd noise system that the NFL plans to operate during games this year as a result of the lack of fans in attendance. Although it was strange, Kingsbury said the league is working out the kinks and trying to maximize the environment as best it can.

"I believe that's a work in progress as well,' Kingsbury said. "I mean, it's uncharted territory for all of us, those guys at NFL headquarters included. And so, I think there'll be some experimentation and it may go on into the season a little bit, but there'll be some form of noise and we just want to be prepared for it and practice with it as much as we're able to."

As for Hopkins, there was no indication as to whether he is expected back at practice Monday.