Patrick Peterson suspended, will miss opener against Lions

Ruben Hill
May 17, 2019

On Thursday, it was announced that Cardinals 8-time pro bowler Patrick Peterson would be out for six games to start the 2019 season due to violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy. 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. "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".

Peterson is an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and a three-time first-team All-Pro.

At this point in the process, we really don't know the details of what to expect from the Lions offense, but Peterson is arguably the best corner in the league and capable of shutting down half the field. If you test positive for both of those things, it's six. That streak will end this year. A blemish such as this comes as a major shock as Peterson has also never missed a single game in his career, a string of 128 games all with the Cardinals organization.

Suspensions for performance-enhancing drugs automatically disqualify players to make the All-Star event.

The Cardinals have been searching for a cornerback to play opposite Peterson nearly since he came into the league.

"It's voluntary. I communicated with Patrick". Peterson believed he could save at least $2 million with a reworked contract, according to Gambadoro.

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

Peterson, who turns 29 in July, will miss out on $3.882 million in salary as a result of the suspension.

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