Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson has been suspended six games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy, the Cardinals announced on Thursday. It is unclear why the ban is for six games, as opposed to the standard four for a first-time offender.
Peterson is an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and a three-time first-team All-Pro. He will also be allowed to participate in all Cardinals preseason games and practices.
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.
Peterson recorded 54 combined tackles, a sack, five passes defensed, and two interceptions through 16 games last season.
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With that being said, there has been plenty of drama over the last two seasons when it comes to Peterson in Arizona with all of the trade rumors surrounding the cornerback.
Peterson made the Pro Bowl in each of his first eight years in the NFL, making him one of seven defensive players in league history to reach such a benchmark.
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.
The six games Peterson is expected to miss will be the Week 1 opener against the Detroit Lions, followed by the Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons. 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.