The 5: Ramifications of the Patrick Peterson PED suspension

Immediate and long-term ramifications of Patrick Peterson's six-game suspension

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Peterson's suspension Thursday, saying he violated the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.

In 2018, Peterson tallied 54 tackles with five passes defensed and two picks.

Peterson will miss games against the Lions, Ravens, Panthers, Seahawks, Bengals, and Falcons before rejoining the team.

He can take part in training camp and preseason games, but will have to leave the club on the first day of the regular season.

He is the 13th player to make the Pro Bowl in each of his first eight National Football League seasons, but that streak will come to an end.

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Peterson will be eligible to return to the team on October 14 and will be eligible to play in the Cardinals' game at the New York Giants on October 20. Standard NFL protocol usually calls for a four-game suspension for first-time offenders, which Peterson is.

How much do Cardinals fans want to stand behind Peterson now?

Peterson has never missed a game as a pro.

"That's one potential reason that a suspension could be six for a first-time offender". Peterson was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2011, 2013, and 2015. It's unclear what Peterson took, or anything like that, but social media reacted just how you'd expect, with an old quote about Tom Brady being brought back to the forefront.

Gambadoro added that Peterson believed he could have saved $2 million or more with a restuctured contract, which also added to his dissatisfaction. Peterson will not appeal the suspension, which reportedly dropped the punishment from eight to six games. At this point, if they're to try and get anything for him, it'll be a late-round pick at best, a far cry from equal value for a talented player.

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