By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Julian Edelman, the New England Patriots wide receiver, missed the entire 2017 season with a torn ACL. During the off-season, he was hit with a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Edelman could miss the 23 games since he last played, including the playoffs. He last played during the 2016 season, where he made 16 appearances, including 13 starts.
While his status for the start of the 2018 season is in question, Edelman is appealing his four-game PED suspension. His hearing will take place on Monday.
According to ESPN’s Dan Graziano, Edelman wants the league to throw out his results, because he alleges that the league mishandled his results. Also, according to MMQB, who reported last week, the league could not identify the exact substance that triggered the positive test.
Usually, each time a player is suspended, the testers indicate what substance they found. But here, this time is different, because they have not found anything to publicize.
Despite not indicating exactly what they founded, the NFL may still suspend Edelman for the four-games. With their harsh-hand, it has been tough for any player to beat suspensions during NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s leadership.
When Edelman last played, he had 98 receptions for a career-high 1,106 yards and three touchdowns. The 1,106 yards were just the second-time in his career that he surpassed 1,000 receiving yards in a season, as he had 1,056 yards in 2013.
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