Chiefs' Andy Reid makes 'difficult' decision to suspend Marcus Peters for Raiders game

Terez A. Paylor, The Kansas City Star on

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"Yeah, I like Marcus Peters, so that's a difficult thing to do," Reid said. "Any time you have to do one of these things, that's not the best part of the job. But I've always told you I'm going to do what's best for the organization at that time."

Interestingly enough, this is not the first time Reid has had a Chiefs player throw something out of frustration with an official.

During the Chiefs' 19-14 win over Jacksonville last November, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce yelled and gestured toward two referees because was upset with a pass-interference no-call, prompting one of the referees to flag him for unsportsmanlike conduct. This enraged Kelce, who turned back toward the referee and fired a towel his way. That led to a second unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty and Kelce's ejection.

The NFL fined Kelce $24,309 for the incident, but Kelce still started the next week in the Chiefs' 20-17 win over Carolina, catching three passes for 31 yards.

Reid, however, did suspend Kelce later in the season for an undisclosed infraction. The Pro Bowl tight end was forced to sit for the first quarter of the Chiefs' 37-27 win over the Chargers on Jan. 1. Reid and Kelce declined to talk about the matter afterward.

After his decision to suspend Peters this week, Reid said he spoke to some of his veterans about the move. Quarterback Alex Smith, for one, understood.


"I can't speak for everybody in here, but certainly I think a lot of the leaders on this team, yeah, I think they're ready to go -- they understand it," Smith said. "It's not easy. It's a hard decision, a hard situation. Coach made it and we're going. To go back and forth and all this stuff, at this point, is pointless."

Outside linebacker Tanoh Kpassagnon said Reid addressed the team about the move, and didn't think it necessarily was done in an attempt to discourage in-game emotion.

"Coach has always told us to be ourselves and things like that -- he's a real players' coach," Kpassagnon said. "I feel like he made a decision that he thought was best for the team."

The suspension comes as the Chiefs, losers of four straight and six of their last seven, desperately attempt to right the ship down the season's home stretch. Sunday's game against the Raiders is the first of two straight home games against AFC West rivals (Raiders, then Chargers), both of whom have the same 6-6 record as the Chiefs, who are trying to win the division for the second year in a row.


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