Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson’s impressive Pro Bowl streak comes to an end with PED suspension
While Patrick Peterson had been violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy will net him a six-game suspension, it will also end one of the most impressive streaks that the NFL has seen.
As noted by Pro Football Talk, the suspension that Peterson will serve will make him ineligible to be voted to the Pro Bowl during the same season they violated the PED policy. For Peterson, this will mark the end of an impressive eight-year Pro Bowl run.
Prior to this season, Peterson had made it to eight straight Pro Bowls in his first eight seasons, making him and Barry Sanders the two youngest NFL players to ever accomplish the feat.
Now, Peterson will have to wait a year to try and make it to his ninth Pro Bowl, which will also keep him from joining Sanders and Jim Brown as the only players in NFL history to make the Pro Bowl nine times before turning 30.
While the thought of not playing in the Pro Bowl might hurt Peterson, the six-game suspension likely hurts more. The suspension itself is also a huge blow to a Cardinals team that is looking to rebuild itself with a new identity.
After bringing in new head coach Kliff Kingsbury and drafting Kyler Murray with the number one overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Cardinals are looking to begin contending in the NFC once again.
According to reports, details of what exactly Peterson did to violate the NFL’s PED policy is confidential, but Peterson has dropped his appeal and will begin serving the suspension once the season starts.
He won’t be eligible to return until October 20, when the Cardinals take on the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium.