Brycen Hopkins

The Los Angeles Rams’ Super Bowl defense got off on the wrong foot but they were able to even their record at 1-1 last week. Moving forward, they’ll try to continue getting back on track but will have to do so without tight end Brycen Hopkins, who was suspended for three games for violating the NFL’s policy on substances of abuse on Wednesday.

Hopkins will be eligible to return to the team on October 10 after their Week 5 game against the Dallas Cowboys.

To be fair, the Rams‘ offense should be relatively fine without him. The 2021 fourth-round pick has only appeared on eight offensive snaps so far and has yet to record a reception.

While Hopkins didn’t see much action in the 2021 regular season, catching just one pass for nine yards, he became a critical asset for them during their Super Bowl LVI run. He played in three of the team’s four playoff games. He specifically stepped up last year in Super Bowl LVI when the team’s other tight ends had injuries that limited their playing time. He caught four passes for 47 yards en route to the Rams’ championship.

The Purdue product is the son of former Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Brad Hopkins.

[Field Yates]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.