The Kansas City Chiefs have suspended cornerback Marcus Peters for Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders, head coach Andy Reid announced Wednesday.
The suspension is punishment for Peters’ actions against the New York Jets last Sunday, when he threw a referee’s flag into the stands. Peters was flagged for throwing the flag (how about that for poetic justice?), and while he was not ejected, he took it upon himself to walk off of the field. He later returned, but obviously, his behavior irked the Chiefs.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network says the ban was more about Peters leaving the field than anything else.
In 12 games this season, the 24-year-old has registered 41 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, five passes defended and a defensive touchdown.
Peters, who played his college football at the University of Washington, was originally selected by Kansas City in the first round (18th pick overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.
He had a phenomenal rookie campaign, racking up 60 tackles, eight picks, a forced fumble, 26 passes defended and two defensive touchdowns en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.
Last year, Peters finished with 45 stops, six interceptions, a forced fumble, three fumble recoveries and 20 passes defended, leading to another trip to Honolulu. In addition, Peters was named a first-team All-Pro.
The Chiefs have lost six of their last seven games after getting off to a 5-0 start, so Peters is almost certainly not the only player who is frustrated. Still, in spite of their slide, the Chiefs remain tied for first place in the AFC West with the Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers.