FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots will be without their star receiver for the first four games of the season.
Multiple reports say Julian Edelman’s appeal was denied by the NFL on Tuesday. As a result, Edelman will serve a four-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substances policy.
Edelman missed all of last season because of an ACL tear and was expected to return for his 10th season with the Patriots.
In a statement published in June, Edelman apologized and said he had no idea what happened.
“I’ve taken many, many tests over the course of my career, and nothing like this has ever happened. I apologize to the Kraft family, my coaches, teammates and fans,” he wrote in a graphic posted to his Instagram story last month.
The Patriots face the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions and the Miami Dolphins in the first four games of the season.
Edelman visited Alex Guerrero at the TB12 Sports Therapy Center as part of his rehab process. Guerrero said in June that the facility takes a “natural, holistic, appropriate and, above all, legal approach to training and recovery for all of our clients. And anyone who would suggest otherwise is irresponsible, and just plain wrong.”
“I’ve known Julian since his rookie year and he is a phenomenal athlete who takes his training seriously – it’s disappointing to hear today’s news,” Guerrero wrote in a statement posted on Patriots.com back in June. “Elite athletes sometimes work with multiple coaches and health professionals as part of their training.”
According to ESPN, Edelman will forfeit around $470,000 in base salary.