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The Cardinals’ star wide receiver did not practice for the second consecutive day Thursday because of an ankle injury. It’s unclear when the issue arose for Hopkins, who carried his typical workload in Arizona’s Week 3 loss to the Lions.

The All-Pro wideout has been an instant hit on his new team, leading the NFL in receptions (32) and yards (356) through three games. His status will be worth monitoring closely ahead of the Cardinals’ Sunday bout with the Panthers.

Arizona announced a pair of moves with its practice squad, adding safety T.J. Ward and releasing offensive lineman Rick Leonard.

Ward’s addition is worth noting. A two-time Pro Bowl safety and Super Bowl champion with the Denver Broncos, Ward last played in the NFL in 2017. His addition gives the Cardinals a veteran safety presence as Budda Baker recovers from thumb surgery.

The team also listed cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (head) as limited, and linebacker Devon Kennard (calf) as a DNP. Receiver Christian Kirk was limited again with a groin injury.

Here’s other news, injuries and transactions we’re tracking on Thursday:

  • New York Jets offensive tackle Chuma Edoga is questionable to return after sustaining a shoulder injury four plays into the first quarter. Rookie Mekhi Becton, who was questionable entering TNF with a shoulder injury and is the usual starter, replaced him. Also, cornerback Blessuan Austin is doubtful to return (knee) and defensive lineman Steve McLendon is probable to return (knee). Receiver Lawrence Cager is doubtful to return after suffering a hamstring injury in the second quarter. Austin and Cager were later ruled out.

The Jets listed the following inactives for Thursday Night Football: receiver Breshad Perriman, safety Marqui Christian, QB James Morgan, cornerback Quincy Wilson, safety Ashtyn Davis, defensive lineman Nathan Shepherd and linebacker Jordan Willis. The team also activated receiver Jeff Smith off IR and signed cornerback Javelin Guidry to the main roster, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. They also released quarterback Mike White, with Joe Flacco being active. Wide receiver Jamison Crowder is also active for the game. Crowder missed the previous two games.

  • Denver Broncos rookie receiver K.J. Hamler sustained a hamstring injury in the first half and was ruled out for the remainder of the game.

The Broncos announced the following inactives for TNF: quarterbacks Drew Lock and Blake Bortles; running back Phillip Lindsay, cornerback Davontae Harris, guard Netane Muti, tight end Albert Okwuegbunam and linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu.

  • Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham was added to the injury report Thursday with a back injury that caused him to be a limited participant. Running back Kareem Hunt (groin) did not practice, while guard Joel Bitonio (back) and cornerback Denzel Ward (groin) were limited.
  • Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams (groin) and cornerback Quinton Dunbar (knee) did not practice for a second consecutive day. Running backs Chris Carson (knee) and Carlos Hyde (shoulder), and CB Shaquill Griffin (shoulder) were limited again. Defensive end Benson Mayowa (groin), defensive tackle Poona Ford (groin) and offensive tackle Duane Brown (knee) were upgraded to limited after sitting out Wednesday.
  • The New England Patriots listed receiver Julian Edelman (knee), running back Sony Michel (quad) and offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn (calf) were limited for a second consecutive day. Guard Shaq Mason (calf) was also limited; Mason was not listed on Wednesday’s report.
  • Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack was limited for a second day with a knee injury.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receivers Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Scotty Miller (hip/groin) and running back Leonard Fournette (ankle) did not practice for the second consecutive day. Veteran linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) did not practice after being limited Wednesday.
  • San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) is again not practicing, making it more likely Nick Mullens starts against the Eagles on Sunday. Running back Raheem Mostert (knee) and cornerback Emmanuel Moseley (concussion) also remained out. Cornerbacks K’Waun Williams (hip) and Ahkello Witherspoon (hamstring) and running back Jerick McKinnon (ribs) are participating.
  • The Tennessee Titans have placed rookie cornerback Kristian Fulton on the COVID-19/Reserve list.
  • Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones (groin) was limited for a second consecutive day. Defensive end Alex Okafor (hamstring) was upgraded to full after being limited Wednesday. Okafor has been out of the lineup since Week 1. The team also added rookie cornerback L’Jarius Sneed (broken collarbone) to the reserve/injured list.
  • New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore is not practicing Thursday after tweaking his hamstring in practice the previous day, Rapoport reported. The injury isn’t considered significant but worth watching given its proximity to Sunday’s game against the Lions.
  • Houston Texans receiver Will Fuller (hamstring) was limited in practice. Running back Duke Johnson (ankle) was upgraded to full after being limited Wednesday.
  • Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Ed Oliver did not practice Thursday but his knee is structurally sound, per Rapoport. The young lineman has been battling a knee injury since Week 2. Rapoport added that Oliver has more of a bone bruise than anything and is considered day to day.
  • Las Vegas Raiders rookie cornerback Damon Arnette had thumb surgery on Thursday. He should be out six to eight weeks, Rapoport reported.
  • Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith (neck) returned to practice in a limited capacity Thursday after being out Wednesday.
  • The Los Angeles Chargers listed defensive end Joey Bosa (triceps/ankle) as limited after he did not practice Wednesday. Offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga (back), quarterback Tyrod Taylor (ribs/chest), receiver Mike Williams (hamstring) and guard Trai Turner (groin) remained out. Linebacker Nick Vigil (groin) provided a bit of good news as he was full participant after being previously listed as limited.
  • The Atlanta Falcons are signing kicker Elliott Fry to their practice squad, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported. As Younghoe Koo Koo deals with a groin strain, there’s a chance Fry is elevated in time to make his NFL debut Monday night against the Packers Pelissero added. Atlanta is dealing with a plethora of injuries ahead of its prime-time game: Wide receiver Calvin Ridley (ankle), safety Keanu Neal (hamstring), safety Ricardo Allen (elbow), defensive end Dante Fowler (ankle), defensive tackle Grady Jarrett (hip) and defensive end Takkarist McKinley (groin) did not practice Thursday. Wide receiver Julio Jones (hamstring), linebacker Foye Oluokun (hamstring), offensive tackle Kaleb McGary (knee) and wide receiver Russell Gage (concussion) were limited. Cornerback Kendall Sheffield, who’s yet to play this season while battling a foot injury, was a full participant.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars wideout D.J. Chark (chest/back) was limited at practice. Kicker Stephen Hauschka (knee) was also limited after not practicing Wednesday, and offensive lineman Brandon Linder (knee) missed a second consecutive day.
  • The Detroit Lions announced that they have activated safety Jayron Kearse from the Exempt/Commissioner Permission list and released RB Ty Johnson.
  • Philadelphia Eagles receivers J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (calf), DeSean Jackson (hamstring); cornerback Avonte Maddox (ankle) and offensive tackles Jason Peters (illness) did not practice for a second consecutive day. Receiver Alshon Jeffery (foot) also did not practice after being limited Wednesday. Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (abdomen) was a full participant after missing Wednesday.
  • Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Mackensie Alexander (ribs/hamstring) was limited after missing Wednesday. Defensive tackle Geno Atkins (shoulder) was limited for a second consecutive day.
  • Green Bay Packers receiver Allen Lazard , fresh of a 146-yard receiving game last week, has a new core muscle injury listed on the practice report. Wideout Davante Adams (hamstring), linebackers Za’Darius Smith (ankle) and Rashan Gary (ankle) and defensive lineman Kenny Clark (groin) all practiced but were limited.
  • Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines and cornerback Rock Ya-Sin (non-football/illness) were listed as full particpants. Corner T.J. Carrie was listed as limited with a hamstring injury.
  • The Carolina Panthers listed the following players on the injury report: defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos (illness) did not practice; safetyJeremy Chinn (hip), offensive linemen Dennis Daley (ankle) and Russell Okung (groin) and linebacker Adarius Taylor (hip) were all limited; cornerbackDonte Jackson (toe), receiver Curtis Samuel (elbow), and defensive tackle Kawann Short (foot) were full participants.
  • The Miami Dolphins’ secondary received some good news: cornerback Byron Jones (groin/achilles) was a limited participant after being sidelined following Week 2; CB Xavien Howard (knee) was a full participant after being limited on Wednesday.

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