Cardinals could lose ‘Hollywood’ Brown, but welcome back DeAndre Hopkins, trade for Robbie Anderson

It didn’t take away the sting from their 2-4 start, which included a 19-9 stinker of a loss Sunday in Seattle, but the Cardinals welcomed some positive news on Monday.

Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is officially back from his six-game suspension and able to practice and play with the team once again. Considering he hasn’t played in a game since Week 14 last season against the Rams when he suffered a sprained MCL, his return seems like a long time coming.

The NFL relaxed some of its rules this year regarding players under suspension, allowing them after half of their suspension to visit team facilities, attend meetings, work with trainers, use the weight and conditioning rooms and meet privately with coaches.

Coach Kliff Kingsbury had already met with Hopkins a few times prior to the player’s official return on Monday as the Cardinals begin preparations for Thursday night’s game against the visiting Saints.

“He’s fired up,” Kingsbury said. “When he’s been here, it’s been high energy, good juice. I’m really excited to see what he brings to the practice field. Business seems to pick up when he’s around. Offensively, defensively, he’s always talking and challenging people. I think he’ll be getting here at the right time.”

Hopkins, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, isn’t the only wide receiver the Cardinals are adding to the active roster. On Monday, they also traded for Panthers wide receiver Robbie Anderson, 29, a seven-year pro who had 95 receptions for 1,096 yards for Carol