Published: Fri, May 17, 2019
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Patrick Peterson will be suspended 6 games by National Football League, per reports

Patrick Peterson will be suspended 6 games by National Football League, per reports

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.

This is a blow to Year 1 in Arizona for coach Kliff Kingsbury and quarterback Kyler Murray, the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Peterson is not expected to appeal the suspension, which is expected to be officially announced next week. "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". He will also be allowed to participate in all Cardinals preseason games and practices.

After Peterson backed off his midseason trade demand previous year, he said he wanted to follow in Larry Fitzgerald's footsteps as the face of the franchise. He's not missed one of his 128 regular season games or three playoff appearances. He has never missed a game, and has 23 career interceptions, with 76 passes defended.

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

Patrick Peterson has known for quite some time that he was facing a suspension for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, and that may have had something to do with why he seemed unhappy with the Arizona Cardinals. It's unclear what Peterson took, or anything like that, but social media reacted just how you'd expect, with an old quote about Tom Brady being brought back to the forefront. 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.

The suspension will cost Peterson over $3.8 million in salary.

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