The Arizona Cardinals released a statement on Thursday addressing Patrick Peterson’s six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
“Patrick recognizes how disappointing this is for everyone in the organization as well as our fans,” the team said in a statement posted on twitter. “As we all do, he understands that regardless of intent he is ultimately responsible for everything he puts in his body. Our coaching staff and our players are now aware that we will have to play the first six games without Patrick and they understand they have to rise to the challenge that it presents.”
The star cornerback’s suspension was announced on Thursday. As a result of his suspension, Peterson will be ineligible for the Pro Bowl in 2019, ending a streak of eight consecutive appearances dating back to his rookie season. His remarkable streak of 128 consecutive games played – every game since his NFL debut in 2011, each of which he’s also started – will also come to an end.
Peterson’s suspension is just the latest development of a tumultuous time in his career. He requested a trade midway through last season before ultimately walking it back, and hasn’t exactly refuted reports of his desire to play elsewhere over the past few weeks. In late April, rumors surfaced that Arizona was on the verge of trading Peterson to the Kansas City Chiefs, a possibility supported by his cryptic social media posts expressing dismay with the Cardinals and a subsequent post of a photo of he and former teammate Tyrann Mathieu, who signed a three-year deal with the Chiefs as a free agent.