FILE PHOTO: Arizona Cardinals defensive back Patrick Peterson yells in celebration after stopping the Detroit Lions on fourth down late in the fourth quarter to preserve the Cardinals 25-21 victory during their NFL football game in Phoenix, Arizona September 15, 2013. REUTERS/Ralph D. Freso
Eight-time Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals has been suspended for the first six games of 2019 for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy, ESPN reported.
Details of the violation have not been released, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Peterson has dropped his appeal.
Peterson, 28, has never missed a start since the Cardinals drafted him in the first round (fifth overall) in 2011, making the Pro Bowl all eight seasons and earning first team All-Pro honors three times.
He would be eligible to return for the Oct. 20 road game against the New York Giants.
In 128 games, Peterson has registered 387 tackles, 23 interceptions, 76 passes defensed and 12 fumble recoveries.
Peterson asked for a trade last October, but rescinded the request and later confirmed his commitment to the Cardinals.
“I just want to apologize to everybody for asking for that trade in the middle of the season,” Peterson said while competing in a golf tournament in Phoenix in January. “I’m here to stay, baby.”
Peterson, who did not participate in Arizona’s voluntary workouts last month, signed a five-year, $70 million deal with the Cardinals in 2014 and was due to make a base salary of $11 million in 2019. The suspension will cost Peterson $3.88 million.
—Field Level Media
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