Patrick Peterson was upset Cardinals wouldn't rework deal before suspension?

Patrick Peterson

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo noted the suspension includes four games for using a banned substance and two games for using a masking agent to hide the substance. After the fact, any prospective team will have two weeks to determine if Peterson is back to football shape before pulling the trigger, making a trade pretty unlikely.

First-time offenders of the league's PED policy typically receive four-game suspensions, but the NFL can enforce another two games if a diuretic or masking agent is detected in addition to the prohibited substance, per ESPN's Dan Graziano.

In his first seven years in the league, Peterson had 21 interceptions and 11 fumble recoveries. Last month, he deleted all mentions of the Cardinals on his social media pages in another reported rift with team management.

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Peterson's missed games are expected to cost him more than $3.8 million in lost wages, Schefter reports. Peterson believed he could save at least $2 million with a reworked contract, according to Gambadoro. He'll miss games against the Lions, Ravens, Panthers, Seahawks, Bengals and Falcons.

He will be eligible to return October 20 at the New York Giants. A blemish such as this comes as a major shock as Peterson has also never missed a single game in his career, a string of 128 games all with the Cardinals organization. Go here for the Cardinals' complete 2019 schedule. Peterson's value was to come mostly in the form of veteran mentorship to guys like Byron Murphy, the team's second pick in this year's draft. But it's definitely a bad look in hindsight for Peterson, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection, to talk about disrespecting the game, only to then get suspended for PEDs.

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