Cardinals' Peterson gets 6-game ban

Ross Houston
May 17, 2019

Peterson hasn't been as good in the last two years, but he's still in the upper echelon of cornerbacks around the league, and retains enough athleticism to be a threat to take an interception to the house. Garafolo also reported that the Cardinals, as well as Peterson's teammates, were already aware of the impending suspension. It is unclear why the ban is for six games, as opposed to the standard four for a first-time offender. But it's definitely a bad look in hindsight for Peterson, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection, to talk about disrespecting the game, only to then get suspended for PEDs.

Peterson can participate in all offseason workouts and preseason games.

"That's why this is very very hard for me, because, obviously, I've never been in this situation before and never wanted to have my name attached to anything like this", Peterson said.

No further details were given immediately as to what Peterson had taken, but such an intense punishment is brow-raising for sure, especially given that Peterson is a singular talent, a man known as the best coverage corner in the National Football League. If you test positive for both of those things, it's six.

Peterson will miss his first game September 8 when Arizona hosts the Lions.

Speaking of legacy, Peterson's Pro Bowl streak will come to an end.

"It's voluntary. I communicated with Patrick".

It's a disappointing announcement for Peterson, who had gone up to this point with no performance-enhancing drug issues in his career.

If there's any silver lining to this, it's that there's a good chance Arizona has planned for Peterson's absence.

Peterson's missed games are expected to cost him more than $3.8 million in lost wages, Schefter reports. The veteran cornerback has not missed a game since being made the No. 5 overall pick in 2011.

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