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first_img Comments   Share   Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “Thank you,” he said with a bit of a smile.“But at the end of the day I still have to go out there and play football,” he added. “I can’t be thinking about if the ref is going to throw the flag or if they’re not. I just have to go out there and play at full speed.”Playing at full speed, or at least full strength, has not been easy for Peterson. Monday, following the team’s win in Dallas, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians praised the defensive back’s performance, saying it was his best game in a long, long time, and adding that Peterson had been dealing with some health issues but now was good to go. Peterson suffered a sprained ankle in the team’s loss to Denver in Week 4 and then left their Week 8 game with a concussion. But now he said he’s feeling, “good, better than ever.”It showed Sunday, as Peterson helped star Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant to just two catches for 15 yards and one touchdown, all of which came in the final minutes after the game was no longer in doubt. “Hate it that they got a cheap one on him in the end, but we needed some more pass rush in that situation,” Arians said. Even with that, though, it was the type of performance people expect out of Peterson. “I definitely played the caliber of style of football that I’m used to playing,” the 24-year-old said. “Now I feel good, I’m back to 100 percent. Nothing’s slowing me down and just ready to roll. “I was really honed in this week going out there.”Peterson pointed out how in the week leading up to the Dallas game he predicted a good effort that would turn his season around, and said he believes things will only get better from here. At the season’s midway point, Peterson has 22 total tackles, but no interceptions and just one pass defensed. The fewest passes he’s picked off in a season is two, which he tallied as a rookie in 2011. The highest paid cornerback in the game, plenty more is expected of him. And now that he’s healthy, he’s ready to deliver.“Being a cornerback, especially playing the style of football that I play, which is at the line of scrimmage, I have to move laterally often more than none, so the ankle injury definitely held me back a little bit,” he said. “That injury was definitely holding me back for a couple of weeks.center_img TEMPE, Ariz. — Few Arizona Cardinals had been scrutinized through the first seven games as much as cornerback Patrick Peterson. The fourth-year cornerback signed a monster contract extension in the offseason, but had struggled in 2014, giving up more big plays than he was making. And then there’s the penalties, two more of which he was flagged for in Sunday’s 28-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys. Through eight games he’s been called for nine total penalties, which is tied for the most of any player in the NFL. He said he felt like he had to be leading the league in defensive pass interference and holding, a thought that was confirmed to him Wednesday. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “But now that I’ve finally got my feet back under me, got the right, the proper treatment, I do feel that I am 100 percent and ready to roll from this point on out.” – / 55last_img

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