Chiefs' suspend Oakland's Marcus Peters; will miss game vs. Raiders

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After a series of disruptive behavior, culminating in week 13 against the New York Jets, the Kansas City Chiefs have suspended cornerback Marcus Peters for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders. The Chiefs lost the game in the waning moments, 38-31.

Reid slept on it and made his decision known on Wednesday that Peters would miss the Raiders game. "You have to go out and get it every week". "I think they understand it".

"Listen, I would tell you these are young men, they're searching", Reid said.

"Coach made a decision and we're going with it", Smith said. "Coach made the decision though and we're going to to go with it. Stakes are too big right now with what we've got in front of us, the opportunity in front of us". We've got a good influx of guys - we've got a pretty good locker room. We went through, we had our stretch.

Peters has been selected to the Pro Bowl his first two seasons, and was an All-Pro a year ago, so his loss even for a week is crucial.

When the Raiders and Chiefs played on October 19 in Oakland, Peters drew the ire of Raiders offensive lineman for his hit on quarterback Derek Carr, a play in which he was called for unnecessary roughness. Or if he had not been able to play in overtime for those reasons. "You go on to the next player". But Peters left the field, presumably because he figured his flag toss earned an ejection. And for a while it seemed he'd cleaned up his act, perhaps having matured after the birth of his baby boy.

The playcalling switch has paid immediate dividends as Smith has thrown touchdown passes on each of the Chiefs' first two drives in the first quarter Sunday with both scoring passes going to star tight end Travis Kelce.

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In a game against the Chargers earlier this season, Peters was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct when he got into the face of officials.

On the other side of the coin, Peters' actions were getting out of hand.

Smith suggested the team's recent losing skid may have affected Peters.

"I'm going to leave all that stuff with Marcus and I", Reid said. "I'm not going to get into the details". However, the Chiefs felt it was the right choice to make given how things festered on that play. "I deal with the player man-to-man and we talk about it and discuss it and inevitably he'll come back and we'll move on from there".

The drama of a three-way tie atop to the division plus Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peter's suspension and the injury status of wide receiver Amari Cooper makes this Week 7 rematch compelling.

"I like Marcus Peters so, yeah, that's a hard thing to do", Andy Reid said to reporters, "Any time you have to do one of these things, that's not the best part of the job".

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