Chiefs suspend Marcus Peters for Sunday's game against the Raiders

No football coach likes to discipline a player, his top cornerback no less.

The Kansas City Chiefs, once 5-0 and Super Bowl favorites, are in a freefall.

The Kansas City Chiefs will be without cornerback Marcus Peters when they host the Oakland Raiders on Sunday afternoon.

After tossing the flag into the stands, Peters was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct.

"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. "Anytime you have to do one of these type of things, that's not the best part of the job, no".

Reid had to take a stand here.

The oddities continued immediately afterwards on an Oakland train, when Peters and Lynch rode the Bay Area Rapid Transit together, much to the displeasure of vulgar anti-Chiefs chants. The school dismissed Peters later in the season for disciplinary issues. He shouted at Reid during a game in Los Angeles.

During a road win over Houston the next week, Peters was caught cursing out defensive coordinator Bob Sutton on the sideline, forcing linebacker Justin Houston to intervene.

None of those incidents alone deserved a suspension. "I'm going to leave it at that".

The frustration turned back toward the field against the Jets, the Chiefs sixth lost in the last seven games.

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. He returned to the field moments later (without socks), just in time to see the Chiefs' offense unsuccessfully attempt to tie the game in the final two minutes. Peters crossed the line in NY, going from a nuisance to a detriment. But Reid had to try.

Vanessa Coleman