Andy Reid announced on Wednesday that the team was suspending cornerback Marcus Peters for this week’s contest against the Oakland Raiders.
Peters will also be forced off the field for practices this week leading up to the game.
The suspension comes after a wild series of events stemming from a play late in the fourth quarter. On a two-point conversion attempt by the New York Jets, Steven Nelson was called for defensive holding. Furious, Peters grabbed the official’s flag, heaving it into the stands.
After Peters was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, the player bounced into the locker room although he wasn’t actually ejected.
That led to a member of the Chiefs’ staff running in after Peter’s to bring him out on the field. He emerged sockless from the tunnel.
At the Wednesday news conference where the suspension was announced, Reid opted not to give much detail about the decision to suspend Peters. He did disclose that he had met with Peters and other players before deciding this was the best thing to do for the team. When asked for more Reid only said that he spoke with Peters man-to-man. He added that he likes Peters but believes this was the right thing to do.
The Chiefs, meanwhile, have lost six of their last seven games.