Kingsbury said the 6-foot-4 Anderson, if he plays Thursday against the Saints, would be only in a limited package, since he will have just arrived and the Cardinals won’t hold any real practices during the short week.
Anderson has about $700,000 left on his 2022 salary. He is under contract for 2023 with a salary and roster bonus combined of almost $12 million, but none of it is guaranteed.
Anderson has 13 catches for 206 yards and a touchdown this season, although he did have a 1,000-yard year for the Panthers in 2020.
After Wilks sent him to the locker room following a couple of verbal confrontations with an assistant coach on Sunday, Anderson said he was “confused” by the situation.
“I have no idea (why),” Anderson said. “One thing I do, and one thing I stand on, is I give my all in everything that I do. I don’t play this game for money, I don’t play this game for fame, I play this game because I love the game of football. Regardless of what’s been going on the past weeks, keep my head down and keep working. All I want to do is help this team win a Super Bowl. So that’s the ultimate goal.”
Hopkins was officially reinstated to the roster on Monday. How much he can do Thursday after so much time off is also to be determined, Kingsbury said.
The coach added that Hopkins himself doesn’t think he’ll need to be limited in the number of plays he can run, considering he hasn’t played in a game since December.
“We will see,” Kingsbury said. “I know he’s anxious. He was in here today asking for the game plan.”