Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson suspended for violating NFL's drug policy

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

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

Patrick Peterson has known for quite some time that he was facing a suspension for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, and that may have had something to do with why he seemed unhappy with the Arizona Cardinals. Peterson will also miss two road games, as the Cardinals will travel to face the Baltimore Ravens on September 15 and the Cincinnati Bengals on October 6. As a result, he will miss Arizona's first six games against the Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons. He will also be allowed to participate in all Cardinals preseason games and practices.

His anticipated return would be against the New York Giants on the road for Week 7. It is unclear why the ban is for six games, as opposed to the standard four for a first-time offender.

"That's why this is very very hard for me, because, obviously, I've never been in this situation before and never wanted to have my name attached to anything like this", Peterson said.

The suspension will represent the first games missed during Peterson's nine-year career.

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

"First of all, I do not know the details of Patrick Peterson's suspension", said ESPN's Dan Graziano while joining Bickley & Marotta Thursday.

The Cardinals have been searching for a cornerback to play opposite Peterson nearly since he came into the league. This six-game suspension is set to cost Peterson $3,882,352 in lost wages.

There is little doubt that Murphy, who Arizona had a top-five grade on heading into the NFL Draft, will at least get regular run in nickel packages.