Published: Fri, May 17, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson suspended by National Football League for six games

Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson suspended by National Football League for six games

First-time offenders of the league's PED policy typically receive four-game suspensions, but the NFL can enforce another two games if a diuretic or masking agent is detected in addition to the prohibited substance, per ESPN's Dan Graziano. Peterson will also miss two road games, as the Cardinals will travel to face the Baltimore Ravens on September 15 and the Cincinnati Bengals on October 6.

Peterson will miss games against the Lions, Ravens, Panthers, Seahawks, Bengals, and Falcons before rejoining the team.

Peterson can participate in all offseason workouts and preseason games.

Peterson is an eight-time Pro Bowler.

His anticipated return would be against the New York Giants on the road for Week 7. "Our coaching staff and our players are now aware that we will have to play the first six games without Patrick and they understand they have to rise to the challenge that it presents".


Peterson, who didn't elaborate on why he failed the test, said he had known about the suspension for months and was relieved it was out in the open so he could begin to move forward.

Peterson is a huge part of the Cardinals' defense, and will be missed immensely during his absence.

Peterson is still one of the NFL's best cornerbacks at 28. The fifth overall pick of the 2011 draft, he has 23 career interceptions despite teams rarely testing him.

Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson took a jab at Tom Brady during the Deflategate ordeal.

Gambadoro added that Peterson believed he could have saved $2 million or more with a restuctured contract, which also added to his dissatisfaction. That may benefit their second-highest 2019 draft pick.

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