Arizona Cardinals Patrick Peterson reacts during the second half NFC football NFC Championship match against Carolina Panthers, Sunday, January 24, 2016, in Charlotte, NC (AP Photo / Bob Leverone)
Arizona Cardinal's cornerback Patrick Peterson has been suspended six games to begin the 2019 season due to a violation of NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Peterson has already appealed and decided to release it and he will lose $ 3,882,352 in wages, Schefter added.
Eight times Pro Bowler did not participate in the team's voluntary mini-camp at the end of April. John Gambadoro of 98.7 FM Arizona Sports Station reported at the time that Peterson was upset with the organization. It is not believed to be a money-related issue. Arizona does not intend to trade Pro Bowl cornerback, Gambadoro added.
"It's voluntary. I communicated with Patrick and we know, we know where he is, we know what's going on. A kind of conversation to stay between us," said Cardiff's head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
Cardinals voluntarily open organized law activities on Sunday, and it is unclear whether he will report.
Last season, Peterson 54 registered with two eavesdroppers and five passes defensed.
With the suspension, Peterson will miss home games against Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons. He will also miss road competition at Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals.
Peterson could return in week 7 for an Oct 20 game at the New York Giants.
Last season Peterson asked for trading before the midseason deadline but later backed by that attitude, confirming his commitment to the cardinals this offseason.