Had the Cardinals been willing to work with him on a new deal, he believes he could have saved himself $2 million of the almost $4 million he will have to forfeit during his six-game ban.
Right away, Rams fans quickly checked the schedule for the 2019 season to see if any of the first six games consisted of contests against the Cardinals, but unfortunately both meetings will take place towards the end of the year in December.
Peterson will miss four of the Cardinals' eight home games this season, as the Cards will host the Detroit Lions on September 8, the Carolina Panthers on September 22, the Seattle Seahawks on September 29 and the Atlanta Falcons on October 13. 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. "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".
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It's a disappointing announcement for Peterson, who had gone up to this point with no performance-enhancing drug issues in his career.
The Cardinals' star cornerback said he was "definitely, definitely sorry" for the infraction that will keep him out until the team's Week 7 game against the Giants.
Peterson has been unhappy with the Cardinals on multiple occasions within the previous year.
"It's voluntary", Kingsbury said last month, via ESPN.com. "We know that Patrick wants to be here and wants to be a part of this team".