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Can the Arizona Cardinals survive six games without Patrick Peterson?

NFL: Arizona Cardinals-Minicamp Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Outside of the quarterback position there has always been one position everyone hoped there would be no injuries.


Patrick Peterson has been an elite player since he stepped on the field, but the Cardinals have never taken seriously the player across from him.

It has been a revolving door of starters for all of Peterson’s career and it didn’t stop this year.

They brought in Robert Alford on a three-year contract and it seemed like the opposite starter at corner was again a priority.

Then the news of Patrick Peterson’s six-game suspension hit and all of a sudden the Arizona Cardinals offseason plans began to make sense.

Why take Byron Murphy when offensive line help was king and the Cardinals were in a prime position to draft one?

Well, as it turned out, Murphy was taken because it now gives the Cardinals another three players at corner they can trust.

Joining Alford and Murphy is veteran Tramaine Brock, someone defensive coordinator Vance Joseph is comfortable with.

It gives the Cardinals three players that can work on the boundary or in the slot. It gives the Cardinals three players they can lean on while they see if a Jalen Thompson can develop into a true slot cornerback.

It also gives the Cardinals a great opportunity to see what they have for six weeks, before their alpha comes back.

Is Alford completely healed and ready to earn all three years?

Is Murphy more than just a slot guy? Can he be a true CB2 and develop into the heir apparent for Peterson?

Does Tramaine Brock have anything left in the tank, or will he be like Bene Benwikere with Steve Wilks? Serve his purpose until a better option becomes available?

Can we say anything definitively about the Cardinals corners outside of Peterson? Maybe not yet, but we’ll know a whole lot more come October.