Rams only lose backup tight end Brycen Hopkins to suspension

bouquets tight end Brycen Hopkins was suspended for three games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, the league said in a statement issued by the Rams on Wednesday.

Hopkins, a third-year pro, can’t return to the active roster until after the Rams on Oct. 29. 9 game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Hopkins, a 2020 fourth-round draft pick from Purdue, was inactive for much of his first two seasons but stepped up with a dynamic performance in the Super Bowl. His development has led the Rams to carry just two tight ends on their 53-man roster, veteran Tyler Higbee and Hopkins.

Hopkins played four games on offense in the season opener loss to the Buffalo Bills and four pieces last sunday victory over the Atlanta Falcons. He was not targeted in the passing game.

Jared Pinkney and Roger Carter Jr. are the tight ends of the practice squad.

The Rams (1-2) take on the Arizona Cardinals (1-1) on Sunday at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.