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

Robert Alford Byron Murphy step into spotlight with Patrick Peterson's suspension

The Arizona Cardinals confirmed Thursday afternoon that star cornerback Patrick Peterson has been suspended for the first six games of the 2019 NFL regular season for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.

Peterson would be able to return to a game in Week 7 for an October 20 away contest at the New York Giants.

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

The eight-time Pro Bowler was mentioned as a trade target both around the trade deadline last season and during this offseason.

Peterson's suspension for the opening six games puts pressure on second-round rookie Byron Murphy to help fill some massive shoes out of the gate.

Peterson apologized on Thursday night, saying that the suspension is "very, very hard" for him and that he "never wanted my name attached to anything like this".

Peterson has already appealed and chose to drop it, and he will lose $3,882,352 in wages, Schefter added.

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

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.

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson will be suspended for the first six games of the 2019 season.

If Peterson was hoping the Cardinals would help protect some of his salary, it would not have been unprecedented.

"It's voluntary", Kingsbury said last month. If he hadn't communicated and we didn't know what was going on, I think that would be a different matter. It is a voluntary camp.

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