Peterson dealt with “blood issues”

Posted by Darren Urban on February 20, 2015 – 3:21 pm

There were a couple of times coach Bruce Arians noted this season that the cornerback had dealt with some health issues aside from the badly sprained ankle Peterson played through after the Denver game. Peterson never talked about it specifically. Then Arians mentioned it during an appearance on Pro Football Talk that Peterson had some “blood issues” early in 2014.

“(Patrick) needs to have a great offseason which he is determined to have,” Arians said. “But to me, he had a bad September and he was battling some blood issues at the time that no one would be aware of …”

Arians was cut off by host Mike Florio to ask about the blood issues at that point. Arians said it was a “blood sugar issue” and that Peterson is fine now.

“It was cleared up in October,” Arians said. “He played four of the greatest games I’ve seen (later in 2014).”

Arians said the issue was “borderline” diabetes and Peterson had to learn how to manage the situation, which he did. He praised both the Cardinals’ medical staff and Peterson for finding a solution, as well as Peterson’s wife, who is studying to be a doctor.




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  1. By georgiebird on Feb 20, 2015 | Reply

    The PP “low sugar” problem sounds like another excuse to me. But I’m willing to give PP the benefit of the doubt.
    You can run but you can’t hide. When PP starts playing this season, he should be out of excuses. PP seemed heavy, slow to react, and lackadaisical during the past two seasons. If borderline diabetes causes that reaction, then things should improve in a big way this year. .
    If everything is “go”, we should see the best cb that money can buy. If PP lapses into the player of the last couple of years, then he’s closer to being a bust than he is to being a star.

  2. By D on Feb 20, 2015 | Reply

    Good to have a spouse that is in the medical field

    As far as adding a RB, I think it will depend on cap space, types of available RBs, versus taking a RB in Rounds 2-5 of the draft. I could be wrong but with the RB’s the Cards have under contract, they all are young and have very limited carries in the NFL.
    That would tell me the Cards staff probably will look for a veteran type back to add rather than a draft pick.

    The Cards won’t pay high dollars for a RB in free agency that will end up in a rotation with the existing players. They are looking for a Dwyer type player, one that is bigger and can run well downhill. With those parameters, I think that would eliminate most of the big names on the market right now:

    D. Murray –will want top dollar
    M. Ingram–same as above
    J. Forsett–already 29 yrs old and won’t be cheap.

    Plenty of smaller backs that I would eliminate too; A. Smith, J. Rodgers, J. McKnight. R. Helu is more known for a pass catching RB and R. Mathews is always injured. Gore appears headed back to SF, S. Vereen is another pass catching smaller guy. K. Moreno has had knee issues. C.J. Spiller probably will sign with the Jets, but he is very similar to Ellington.

    To me, I think it would be a player like. D. McFadden or A. Bradshaw. Both have some concerns, McFadden with injuries and Bradshaw with off the field issues. I would target McFadden. Imagine if he could get between 800-1000 yrds how much it would open up BA’s offense. It would also help Cards on time of possession. He is a bruiser that could help this team. (maybe our two former Raiders on offense need to do some recruiting.)

  3. By William Barry on Feb 20, 2015 | Reply

    Great to hear PP is feeling better. If Jay cutler can play with diabetes, so can PP. I’m sure he will recover and have a great year!!!!

  4. By tkm on Feb 20, 2015 | Reply

    —-if you know he has a problem how come bethel is not playing,smaller name probably as good or better player.players who have big contracts don’t scare anyone if teams know they can’t back it up.

  5. By Dynosoar on Feb 20, 2015 | Reply


    I’m with you all the way on McFadden. I’d love for him to be on this team.

  6. By Dynosoar on Feb 20, 2015 | Reply

    As to PP, high blood sugars will cause lethargy of the brain and body. That easily explains his play being slower and all the observations that he just wasn’t on his game. If he had high blood sugar levels, his brain would’ve responded slower.

    It’d be interesting to know how many diabetics there are in the NFL and if the percentage reflects society.

    If he was pre-diabetic then with proper medical care he’ll be able to be back to being “the best.”

  7. By Chuck 1 on Feb 20, 2015 | Reply

    Fans can wish for a RB like Lynch, Murray etc, but BA will use Ellington as his feature back. He loves him.
    However, he is not big enough to handle the load that BA will impose on him.
    The Cards won’t sign a FA RB.
    They will draft one in the later rounds.

  8. By Dr. G. on Feb 20, 2015 | Reply

    Remembering Peterson talking pre-season last year that he would really bring it in 2014…

    I was one of his biggest fans esp. when Keim took a chance on Tyrann. PP was to be a mentor and friend to Tyrann…both from LSU…

    In fairness, other health issues with the team were noted for public info to acknowledge possible decline in performance. Some of us would have cut PP some slack, had we known something. ?? Seems diet can fix things…

    Why Florio had to press for something new from last year should not have been necessary. Some surely came away from that interview thinking BA may have tried to employ a bit of damage control to absolve and exonerate PP from the fair criticism coming his direction. A real players’ coach… PP was less than stellar for all the coin he gets.

    If he performs like he gets paid this year, I will be first to shout his praises; but I need validation. Prove us wrong PP…. G’day

  9. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Feb 21, 2015 | Reply

    Borderline diabetes is serious. Must give PP benefit of doubt on that one. But we’ll see this year, assuming that is properly managed, how good PP really is. Tough schedule gain.

  10. By Andy Kw on Feb 21, 2015 | Reply

    I am totally fine if the Cardinals draft: Vic Beasley, Paul Dawson, Melvin Gordon, Eli Harold, or Benardrick McKinney. Anyone else and I will be shocked

  11. By Patrick on Feb 21, 2015 | Reply


    How hard is it to get the NFL to move this map 1 degree to the left so Yuma is in cardinals territory. Y’know Yuma, ARIZONA,


  12. By Big Ken on Feb 21, 2015 | Reply

    Sun Devil Fan Alert: I love quiet story of Marc Hardison on the rise at the combine. I’m not saying the Cardinals draft him. Go Devils!

  13. By Andy Kw on Feb 21, 2015 | Reply

    Kevin White, we must have him. Jaw dropping combine out of all receivers I have seen the past few years. If he is available at 24 and I hear the Cards call his name, no joking our Offense is set for the future. Speed and Physical (Kevin White), physical (Michael Floyd), & speedy (John Brown). Probably would be the best young talented receiving core in the NFL this past decade. Larry Fitzgerald is obviously essential to our team and he is probably the best mentor anyone can have. We have so many wholes at LB but Steve Kim said he’d take the best prospect available. Kevin White is a top 10 talent

  14. By jason on Feb 22, 2015 | Reply

    Man Vic Beasley really made himself some money this weekend! First he measured in WAY bigger than was reported at 6’3 246 then he runs in the 4.5’s and benches 35 reps! More than Danny Shelton! Wow, awesome combine for a guy who was supposed to be an undersized explosive edge rusher. He would be a great pick for us.

  15. By jason on Feb 22, 2015 | Reply

    All of the edge guys are putting on a show at the combine! Hunter runs in the 4.5’s and does 25 reps with 34″ arms….impressive.

    With Gregory, Fowler, Ray, Dupree, Beasley, Harold, Hunter, Orchard, Dupree, Odighizuwa this is a deep edge rusher class. All of you guys mocking undersized ILB’s might want to rethink your first round selections.

  16. By jason on Feb 22, 2015 | Reply

    Andy KW-

    Kevin White is going top 10. He was already ahead of Cooper on a lot of big boards BEFORE the combine, he won’t even be close to being around at 24.

  17. By Big Ken on Feb 22, 2015 | Reply

    Concur on Vic Beasley/Danielle Hunter. Those ILB’s will be there in the second or third round.

  18. By Andy Kw on Feb 22, 2015 | Reply

    This draft class is the year of the pass rushers. If Beasley is available, draft him. We can still address the ILB position in the 2nd. I think Paul Dawson could fall and that could be our best chance to snag him in the 2nd

  19. By Scott H on Feb 22, 2015 | Reply

    Ya know….I gotta say, I feel better knowing that SOMETHING we were not aware of at the time was having a probable impact on Peterson’s performance during 2014. Because it sure was infuriating seeing him playing as he was – way below the level we were expecting – and not having any reason why he appeared to be so…..”off” from what he is supposed to be.

    I hope he is getting any blood issues he may have under control and comes back with something to prove in 2015.

  20. By rod (Eddie Goldman RD1) on Feb 22, 2015 | Reply

    What’s nice this year is that a top pick guy will be there in a position of need at our pick. The bad thing is, so will every other team. Overall just a great first round glut of talent.

  21. By Jacob Hewitt on Feb 22, 2015 | Reply

    So sorry for peterson Hope he well sorry

  22. By Jacob Hewitt on Feb 22, 2015 | Reply

    peterson has a good smile right like if you think i am right

  23. By Jacob Hewitt on Feb 22, 2015 | Reply

    is thomas logan better than a lot of qbs

  24. By Jacob Hewitt on Feb 22, 2015 | Reply

    Daren dose Calais Campbell have big cheeks .PLEASE Comment

  25. By rod (Eddie Goldman RD1) on Feb 23, 2015 | Reply


    He’s wearing a flipper hence the great smile.

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