Arizona Cardinals standout cornerback Patrick Peterson has long been one of the best players at his position in the league, a player that can not only make plays, but also is a team leader.
In looking at NFL betting on Thursday things took a massive turn for the worst for the Cardinals, as it was announced that Peterson would be suspended for six games to start the 2019 campaign.
Why six if it’s just the first time?
It all has to do with a masking agent where Peterson tried to get away with hiding his using the substance that got him suspended.
In most cases, a first-time offender would only get four games, but the league did not have much in the way of mercy on Peterson.
Just hours after the suspension was announced, Peterson faced the music like a class act, saying that he was sorry he let the team and fans down, and that he would be back after watching from home the first six regular season games of 2019.
“Definitely, definitely sorry [for] what broke out today, but for the most part, I think you guys understand my character and also understand my commitment on and off the field, and also to my teammates, and also to the Arizona Cardinals organization,” Peterson said in a statement to the local media at the 2019 Patrick Peterson Celebrity Golf Tournament.
“That’s why this is apparently very, very hard for me because I’ve obviously never been in this situation before and never wanted to have my name attached to anything like this. But I’m looking to move forward and put this behind me.”
The good news, if there is any for the Cards and Peterson, is that he will be eligible for offseason and preseason practices and games, and his regular-season suspension will end after the team’s sixth game.
Peterson’s first game back with the Cardinals on the field will be on October 20, against the Giants.
There’s been a lot of rumors already this offseason with new coach Kliff Kingsbury that Peterson might be on the trade market, but now facing a suspension it would not seem likely that he can be dealt to anyone.
Peterson has not participated in the team’s offseason workout program. He has reportedly dropped his appeal of the suspension.
Arizona added both Robert Alford and Tramaine Brock in free agency before drafting Byron Murphy in the second round, so they do have the bodies to stay afloat during Peterson’s suspension. But there is no doubt the eight-time Pro Bowler will be missed.
The 28-year-old Peterson is under contract for two more seasons.