The Kansas City Chiefs have suspended cornerback Marcus Peters for one game in response to his actions in last Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets, head coach Andy Reid announced.
“I’ve done a lot of thinking and come to the conclusion I’m going to suspend him for this game,” Reid said. “I’m not going to get into detail on it. I did have the opportunity to talk to Marcus and some of the players, and I’ve got a good locker room. I fully trust them. We’ll be OK there. So that’s where I’m at.”
During the final minutes of the game, Peters tossed an officials penalty flag into the stands after teammate Steven Nelson was called for defensive holding on a two-point conversion attempt.
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Peters was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct, and thinking he would be ejected from the game, he left the field and walked to the locker room as the game continued. When told he wasn’t ejected, Peters returned to the sidelined, without socks, before the end of the game, but did not return to the game.
The Chiefs are not only suspending Peters without pay because he left the field of play while the game was still being played, he will not practice with the team at all this week.
The team was informed of the suspension earlier Wednesday, and several players seemed to be trying to digest the news. Fellow cornerback Terrance Mitchell was asked whether a message had been sent to a team lacking discipline, and replied: “I’m not really sure.”
“You know, listen, nobody likes to lose, and when you’ve lost a few in a row sometimes funny things happen,” quarterback Alex Smith said. “Coach made a decision and we’re going with it. The stakes are too big right now with what we have in front of us. I think we have a good locker room, a mature locker room. Guys are going to handle it the right way. And we have to go as a team.”
In a game against the Los Angeles Chargers earlier this season, Peters was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct when he got into the face of officials. The next week against the Washington Redskins, he was involved in a pregame scuffle; twice got burned for touchdowns; got into a profane interaction with fans; and spent 50 seconds dropping more profanity in a postgame exchange with reporters.
The following week, during a road win over the Houston Texans, Peters was seen cursing out defensive coordinator Bob Sutton on the sideline, forcing linebacker Justin Houston to intervene.
“I made it off the things that happened Sunday,” Reid said of the suspension. “I’m not going to get into the details. That’s not how I roll with these things. I deal with the player man to man, we discuss it, inevitably he’ll come back and we’ll move on from there.”
With Peters out, the Chiefs might turn to veteran cornerback Darrelle Revis, who was signed last week. Revis played 36 snaps in the first half against the Jets, but sat out the entire second half. Terrance Mitchell could also see increased snaps against the Raiders.