Cardinals star Patrick Peterson gets 6-game suspension for PEDs


Arizona Cardinals All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson has been suspended for the first six games of the 2019 regular season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the news Thursday morning, and the team confirmed it later in the day.

“Patrick recognizes how disappointing this is for everyone in the organization as well as our fans,” the Cardinals said in a statement. “As we all do, he understands that regardless of intent he is ultimately responsible for everything he puts in his body. 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 has never missed a game in his NFL career. He has played in and started all 128 games of his eight-year career. Peterson would be eligible to return on Oct. 20 for a road game against the New York Giants.

The New York Giants selected defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence with the No. 17 pick.

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The Green Bay Packers selected safety Darnell Savage Jr. with the No. 21 pick.

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The Houston Texans selected offensive tackle Tytus Howard with the No. 23 pick.

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The Washington Redskins, from the Indianapolis Colts, selected defensive end Montez Sweat with the No. 26 pick.

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The Oakland Raiders, from the Dallas Cowboys, selected safety Johnathan Abram with the No. 27 pick.

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The Los Angeles Chargers selected defensive tackle Jerry Tillery with the No. 28 pick.

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The Seattle Seahawks, from the Kansas City Chiefs, selected defensive end L.J. Collier with the No. 29 pick.

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The Atlanta Falcons, from the Los Angeles Rams, selected defensive tackle Kaleb McGary with the No. 31 pick.

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The New England Patriots selected wide receiver N’Keal Harry with the No. 32 pick.

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An eight-time Pro Bowler, Peterson has been the subject of trade rumors for some time. His suspension might be the reason that hasn’t happened yet. As talented as Peterson is, teams likely won’t give up as much for a player set to miss over a third of a season.

The collective-bargaining agreement says a six-game suspension comes when a player tests positive for a banned substance and there’s evidence that steps were taken to manipulate results (i.e. a diuretic, masking agent or diluted sample).

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

He can take part in training camp and preseason games, but will have to leave the club on the first day of the regular season.

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