The Arizona Cardinals have to do without their best paspassport recipients recipients for just more than a third of the main round games in the coming NFL season.
The National Football League blocked Deandre Hopkins for a violation of the doping rules for six games.
The league did not say what exactly Hopkins had been guilty.
The receiver, who turns 30 in the coming month, played ten games last season and achieved eight touchdowns.
When he was no longer there because of several injuries, the cardinals missed the playoffs.
With him, the team won eight wins in ten games, without three games in eight games.