Kansas City Chiefs Coach Andy Reid announced Wednesday that the team is suspending cornerback Marcus Peters over his actions in Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets.
Peters was called for unsportsmanlike conduct after he hurled an official’s penalty flag into the stands following a defensive holding call on teammate Steven Nelson during a Jets two-point conversion attempt in the fourth quarter. Peters then left the field, apparently assuming he had been ejected from the game. Peters had not been thrown out, however, and a team staffer had to fetch him from the locker room. Peters jogged back to the field but was not wearing any socks or leg pads.
“This was something Marcus and I discussed,” Reid told reporters Wednesday. “I’m going to leave it at that.”
Reid said he discussed his decision with some of the Chiefs’ veteran players but would not clarify whether the suspension was the result of Peters throwing the flag into the stands, leaving the field or both. Peters, a Pro Bowl honoree in each of his first two seasons who has three interceptions this season, will not practice this week, Reid said.
After jumping to a 5-0 record, the reeling Chiefs have lost six of their past seven games and are in a three-way tie atop the AFC West with Los Angeles and Oakland. Peters will miss Sunday’s home game against the Raiders.
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