Because it’s a game with such meaning and against Oakland, where Peters grew up, the discipline will sting.
Trouble is, that’s no assurance of how he’ll respond in the final three games of the season — starting when he presumably rejoins the team on Tuesday from wherever he’ll be spending his week in exile.
He needs to be able to understand Reid’s actions as being for his own good, for instance, but he may or may not be capable of that.
Yet Carr has other milestones on his mind, most notably winning a game in Arrowhead Stadium for the first time.
“(That’s) definitely No. 1 right now,” Carr said. “Especially this week. It’s something we have not been able to do since I’ve been here, so we’ve got to get on that.”
Entering Week 14, the Raiders offense ranks No. 16 in the NFL, while the Chiefs defense ranks 30th in the league, allowing 382.2 yards per game. With wide receiver Michael Crabtree – and possibly Amari Cooper – back in the mix, Derek Carr and the Raiders aerial attack will look to take advantage of a Chiefs secondary that currently ranks 28th in the league, allowing 252.8 passing yards per game.
The Raiders defensive line has come on strong the last couple weeks, and if the unit has any hope of shutting down the Chiefs offense, it’ll start with them. Mack has registered a sack in three-consecutive games, and will look to keep the streak alive against Fisher.
Reid had to take a stand here. If he hadn't, who knows what Peters' next move might have been?
“Knowing your locker room, having a good locker room,” Reid said when asked how he knew whether his message was still being received. “Communication is probably the important thing. It’s a people business, so communicate.”
We don’t often see something like this. Reid is among the most successful coaches of his generation. He’ll never be thought of as an all-time great without a Super Bowl win, but he’s 11th all-time in victories, and second to Bill Belichick among active coaches, with 179 wins. That’s seven more than Bill Parcells, in three fewer games.
“It’s right here,” Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said. “This is it. We’re in the fourth quarter of the season and three of the (remaining) four are division games. “
Others who didn’t practice on Wednesday included center Mitch Morse (foot), linebacker Dee Ford (back) and safety Eric Murray (ankle).
One reason why he will be so intriguing for the Bears is because of the work he has done with Smith in Kansas City. He has helped transform the former No. 1 overall pick from simply a dink-and-dunk sort of passer to someone who is not afraid to stretch the field and take advantage of the weapons around him. He has also received praise for some of his work with 2016 first-round pick Pat Mahomes.
Marcus Peters of Kansas City Chiefs suspended for Sunday's game | ESPN
"I like Marcus Peters so, yeah, 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 I feel is best for this organization (at) that time and I try to sit back and I try to evaluate it and that's what I did and this is the conclusion I came down with.''
When asked if Peters was suspended for the flag toss, premature walkoff or both, Reid declined to go into detail. On Monday, however, he indicated that tossing the flag was “the wrong thing to do.”
The team puts in work on Wednesday in preparation for Sundays game.