Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson suspended by National Football League for six games

Tanya Simon
May 18, 2019

Alford is coming off arguably his worst season as an National Football League player, and while Murphy is talented, he will have a tough time matching up against either of the Lions' outside receivers in what would be his first career game.

The 28-year-old Peterson has skipped voluntary workouts this offseason amid speculation he was unhappy with the organization.

ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the suspension. He posted a few cryptic messages on social media last month while deleting all mentions of the Cardinals in his profiles. If the six-game suspension holds up, Peterson would be eligible to return for a Week 7 contest against the New York Giants at 1 p.m. on October 20 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. 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. Peterson believed he could save at least $2 million with a reworked contract, according to Gambadoro.

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Peterson will miss games against the Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons. He will also be allowed to participate in all Cardinals preseason games and practices. The corner will be eligible to return for the Week 7 tilt versus the New York Giants.

The Cardinals were reportedly aware of Peterson's pending suspension prior to last month's NFL Draft, where they selected former Washington Huskies cornerback Byron Murphy with the 33rd overall pick. He has never missed a game, and has 23 career interceptions, with 76 passes defended. But it's definitely a bad look in hindsight for Peterson, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection, to talk about disrespecting the game, only to then get suspended for PEDs.

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