Cardinals' Patrick Peterson Suspended For Violating NFL's PED Policy


Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson has been suspended the first six games of the 2019 season by the National Football League, according to a report by Adam Schefter at ESPN.

Peterson, who is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games, will miss Arizona's regular-season opener vs. the Lions, then games at Baltimore, at home against the Panthers and Seahawks, at Cincinnati and at home against the Falcons. Peterson, who has accepted the suspension, will be eligible to return October 20 at the New York Giants.

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. "As we all do, he understands that regardless of intent he is ultimately responsible for everything he puts in his body", the Cardinals said in a statement.

Peterson recorded 54 combined tackles, a sack, five passes defensed, and two interceptions through 16 games last season.

After Peterson backed off his midseason trade demand past year, he said he wanted to follow in Larry Fitzgerald's footsteps as the face of the franchise.

"For the most part, our relationship is great", Peterson said.

Over the years, Patrick Peterson has caused plenty of problems when facing the Los Angeles Rams as a member of the Arizona Cardinals since the cornerback is known for being one of the top defenders across the NFL.

Peterson has made every single Pro Bowl in his eight year career and is likely a future Hall of Famer. His suspension might be the reason that hasn't happened yet.

Peterson reportedly took his financial losses from this matter very seriously - so seriously, in fact, that he took some offense to actions either by the Cardinals or at least someone within the organization.

"It's voluntary. I communicated with Patrick". Had the Cardinals been willing to work with him on a new deal, he believes he could have saved himself $2 million of the almost $4 million he will have to forfeit during his six-game ban.

Schefter reported Peterson's suspension will cost him almost $4 million. Arizona drafted him with the No. 5 pick in 2011 out of LSU.