Patriots’ rocky offseason hits another snag with Julian Edelman suspension

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is facing a four-game suspension for violation of the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday. Schefter added that Edelman is arguing he has taken hundreds of tests without a positive result and is appealing the punishment. But for now, the receiver is set to miss the first four games of the year.
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Edelman, 32, missed all of the 2017 season after tearing his ACL in a preseason game. In the four years prior, he posted 3,826 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns.

The news isn’t a disaster for the Patriots ‘ receiving corps. Wide receiver was made a priority for the Patriots in the offseason with the team adding Cordarrelle Patterson, Jordan Matthews, and Braxton Berrios. Even Kenny Britt — an addition late in the 2017 season — has been making a positive impression so far.

The loss of Edelman — a player who didn’t play at all during the team’s Super Bowl run a year ago — isn’t devastating. There are six other wideouts currently on the roster with starting experience, and that’s not counting special teams All-Pro Matthew Slater or 2018 sixth-round pick Berrios.

Gettleman, 67, said earlier this week his prognosis is positive, but that didn’t make the news any easier for his new players.

It was horrible, guard Will Hernandez said. The fact that it is somebody who just recently became so close and so dear to me was even worse. From the short time I’ve known Gettleman, he is strong.

He always has a positive attitude. He’s the reason why I’m here, so of Womens Dan Marino Jersey course I’m going to be behind him 100 percent and supporting him in any way I can.

The Giants hired Gettleman in December after four years as the GM of the Carolina Panthers. Many of the younger players are still getting to know their new boss.

It was tough, wide receiver Sterling Shepard said. But [Gettleman] is a strong guy, just from what I know being around him Andrew Ladd Youth Jersey these last few months. He’ll beat it. We have faith in that. Coach told us that the doctors are very confident and he’s confident, so that ultimately makes us confident.