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Marcus Peters named AFC defensive player of the week

Denver Broncos v Kansas City Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 30: Cornerback Marcus Peters #22 of the Kansas City Chiefs tries to get the crowd pumped up before a play against the Denver Broncos during the first quarter at Arrowhead Stadium on October 30, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. ( Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images )

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The Chiefs were happy to have cornerback Marcus Peters back in the lineup last Saturday.

Peters did not play against the Raiders in Week 14 because he was serving a one-game suspension handed down by the team after Peters left the field early during the Week 13 loss to the Jets and reportedly had an argument with a coach on the way to the airport following that loss.

Peters was back in the starting lineup against the Chargers, however, and his presence helped the Chiefs take a big step toward locking up the AFC West. On back-to-back possessions in the second half, Peters intercepted Philip Rivers and forced a fumble by running back Austin Ekeler that the Chiefs turned into six points that stretched out a four-point lead.

A second interception would come near the end of the game and Peters has been named the AFC defensive player of the week in recognition of his play.