The Chiefs have suspended cornerback Marcus Peters for Sunday’s game against the Raiders, coach Andy Reid announced.
“This was something Marcus and I discussed,” Reid said (Twitter link via Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star) “I’m going to leave it at that.”
Peters lost his cool during Sunday’s game against the Jets when teammate Steven Nelson was called for defensive holding on a two-point conversion attempt. After throwing the penalty flag into the stands, Peters was hit with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty of his own. Peters ran off of the field and into the locker room, though he was not ejected from the game. Chiefs personnel had to follow Peters into the tunnel to inform him that he was still in the game. Reid, clearly, was angered by Peters’ actions.
Reid is sending a clear message to the Chiefs in advance of a hugely important divisional game. At 6-6, KC is currently in a three-way with the Chargers and Raiders for top record in the AFC West. A loss on Sunday would extend the Chiefs’ streak to five games and put them behind the 8-ball. The Chiefs presently have a 56.8% chance of reaching the postseason and a 54.3% chance of taking the division, according to Football Outsiders.
Without Peters, the Chiefs will be leaning more on Terrance Mitchell and Darrelle Revis alongside starter Kenneth Acker. With five cornerbacks still remaining on the roster, they don’t necessarily have to add one between now and Sunday.
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