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Jerraud Powers: Patrick Peterson 'back to his old self' after taking care of diabetes

The veteran cornerback recalls seeing Peterson struggle with his health.

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson struggled last season with inconsistent play, injuries and also diabetes, as he revealed in the offseason. Teammate Jerraud Powers, a fellow cornerback, explained on Arizona Sports 98.7 just how rough the health situation was and how Peterson appears to be set for a bounceback season in 2015.

Powers explained the problem "was tough on (Peterson)" early on because no one knew what the problem was.

"Just to see him kind of struggle -- I'm not talking about his play, I'm talking about just getting through the day, basically -- just to see him at practice sweating...looking really concerned as a person...Everybody in the secondary came at him together like, 'What's wrong, let's get to the bottom of it,' and we were glad that we were able to find a solution, and (have) him getting the help he needed as far as his sugar levels and all of that."

Powers said it was "scary" seeing Peterson go through it because Peterson is generally a very happy, energetic person.

Peterson has declared the diabetes is under control and Powers can see a difference. "You look at him now and he's back to his old self, lost a ton of weight and looks like he did back at LSU," he said.

If Peterson is fully healthy and can play like he did during some very good stretches, watch out. The Cardinals defense will be very good again.