Marcus Peters suspended by Andy Reid for Chiefs vs. Raiders

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 19: Marcus Peters
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 19: Marcus Peters /

The Kansas City Chiefs have suspended cornerback Marcus Peters for a single game against the Oakland Raiders for Week 14.

The Kansas City Chiefs have announced the suspension of star cornerback Marcus Peters for a single game, this Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. It is the first such suspension for Peters and comes after Peters threw a referee’s flag into the stands in frustration at the officiating during last Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets.

On Sunday, fellow cornerback Steven Nelson was flagged for a defensive holding call, and Peters responded by picking up the flag and tossing it into the stands. He then left the field but returned to the sidelines with the story being that Peters believed he’d been disqualified or ejected from the game when that was not the case.

Peters suspension was Andy Reid’s decision and not the NFL’s which means they’re handling this internally. Reid initially said he was uncertain what he would do in remarks after the Jets loss.

This has been a dramatic season for Peters, who is a very emotional player as is. He’s been accused of questionable effort and not being willing to tackle at times. He’s also been called out for his unwillingness to stand for the national anthem, a controversy that’s involved several more players than just Peters, for sure. Peters is private, which doesn’t help his cause, and negative narratives about Peters continue without correction as fans believe what they choose, whether it’s completely true or not.

The Chiefs will be down their best pass defender when they take the field against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.