Arizona Cardinals' Patrick Peterson suspended six games for PED violation

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Published 1:15 p.m. ET May 16, 2019 | Updated 7:41 p.m. ET May 16, 2019

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Patrick Peterson has been suspended for the first six games of the 2019 season for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
Alyssa Williams, Arizona Republic

All the hype and positivity the Arizona Cardinals gained coming out of the NFL draft and the national curiosity about how first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s season might play out took a major thumping on Thursday with a report that eight-time Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson will be suspended for the first six games of the year for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to break the news, initially reporting that Peterson would be suspended for the first eight games of the 2019 season, then clarified it would only be six games, according to league sources. Schefter also reported that Peterson had dropped his appeal.

The NFL later made its official announcement of Peterson’s suspension.

“Patrick recognizes how disappointing this is for everyone in the organization as well as our fans,” the Cardinals said in a statement. “As we all do,…

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