Cardinals star Patrick Peterson hit with six-game drug ban

Cardinals star Patrick Peterson hit with six-game drug ban

The Cardinals issued a statement on Thursday: "Patrick recognizes how disappointing this is for everyone in the organization as well as our fans". "As we all do, he understands that regardless of intent he is ultimately responsible for everything he puts in his body". Standard NFL protocol usually calls for a four-game suspension for first-time offenders, which Peterson is.

The league's performance-enhancing drug policy states that any player suspended for a violation "will be ineligible for selection to the Pro Bowl, or to receive any other honors or awards from the League or the Players Association". NFL Network's Mike Garafolo noted the suspension includes four games for using a banned substance and two games for using a masking agent to hide the substance.

Now Peterson will have to serve his own suspension for "disrespecting" the league, leaving the Cardinals without one of their best defensive players six games.

Peterson has been unhappy with the Cardinals on multiple occasions within the a year ago.

Peterson had previously demanded to be traded in 2018, but later apologized for being outspoken.

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John Gambadoro with Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reported Peterson's recent discontent with the team stemmed from knowing he was going to lose money due to his upcoming suspension, and the Cardinals refused to rework his contract in a way that would minimize those losses.

Schefter reported Peterson's suspension will cost him almost $4 million. 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. As a result, he will miss Arizona's first six games against the Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons.

His anticipated return would be against the New York Giants on the road for Week 7.

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. Go here for the Cardinals' complete 2019 schedule.

Speculation on social media and talk radio was rampant that Peterson wanted a trade this offseason and the Chiefs might be interesting in adding the eight-time Pro Bowler to their revamped defense. 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.