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Marcus Peters will be sidelined for a crucial divisional clash after his meltdown.
Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid announced the all-pro cornerback is suspended one game for throwing a penalty flag into the stands in the team’s 38-31 loss to the New York Jets. Peters left the playing field before the end of the game because he thought he had been ejected, though he later returned to the field but not the game.
Peters will sit out Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders.
“I’ve done a lot of thinking and come to the conclusion I’m going to suspend him for this game,” Reid said after Wednesday morning’s walkthrough. “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.”
At 6-6, the Chiefs and Raiders are in a three-way tie with the Los Angeles Chargers for first place in the AFC West.
Kansas City has lost six of its last seven games, including a 31-30 defeat at Oakland in Week 7. The Chiefs gave up 417 passing yards, 210 of which went to wide receiver Amari Cooper, in that game and now ranks 28th in pass defense.
“Coach made a decision and we’re going with it,” quarterback Alex Smith said. “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.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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