Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson has been suspended for the first six games of the 2019 season for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy, the league announced Thursday.
Details of what Peterson did, and when he did it, remain confidential, as per the NFL's PED policy. But he dropped his appeal, a source customs ESPN's Adam Schefter.
"Patrick recognizes how disappointing this is for everyone in the organization as well as our fans," the Cardinals said in a statement. "If we do, he understands that regardless of his ultimately responsible for everything he has in his body. Our coaching staff and our players are aware that we will have to play the first six games without Patrick and they understand they have INTs
Peterson, who is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games, miss Arizona's regular-season opener vs. the Lions, then games at Baltimore, at home against the Panthers and Seahawks, at Cincinnati and at home against the Falcons.
He will be eligible to return Oct. 20 at the New York Giants
Peterson has started all 128 games since being drafted by the Cardinals in 2011, and his 23 interceptions are for third-most in the NFL.
He is the 13th player to make the Pro Bowl has his first eight NFL seasons, but that streak will come to an end. The league's performance-enhancing drug policy states that any player suspended for violation will be eligible for selection at the Pro Bowl, or any other honors or awards from the League or the Players Association. "
Earlier this month, on The Adam Schefter Podcast, Bengal's wide receiver AJ Green called Peterson the best cornerback in the league
The three-time All-Pro did not report to the Cardinals' voluntarily minicamp last month because he was upset with the team. There has been trade speculation regarding Peterson, but now he is not scheduled to be reinstated until shortly before the NFL's trade deadline.
At his pre-draft news conference last month, Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said he was not concerned about Peterson's absence from this spring's camp.
"It's voluntary," Kingsbury said last month. "I communicated with Patrick. We know where he is and we know what's going on. Kind of a conversation to keep between ourselves. If he hadn't communicated and we didn't know what was going on, I think that would be a different matter. It is a voluntary camp. We know that Patrick wants to be here and wants to be a part of this team. "Arizona has been aware of Peterson's pending suspension, and the Cardinals used the 33rd overall pick in load month's draft on Washington cornerback Byron Murphy
Peterson has two years left on his contract and is set to make a base salary of $ 11 million this season and $ 12.05 million in 2020. This six-game suspension is set to cost Peterson $ 3,882,352 in lost wages.