Violation of performance-enhancing substances policy of NFL led Julian Edelman suspension for four games said Kimberly Jones of the NFL Network by an informed source of the situation. Ian Rapoport, NFL Network Insider, stated that Edelman has resorted to suspension.
“I have known Julian since the junior years and he’s an exceptional athlete who takes his training sincerely; it’s disheartening to hear such news today,” coach Alex Guerrero said in a statement. “Top athletes sometimes work with many coaches and health professionals as part of their training. Here at our facility, we have a holistic, natural, appropriate, and, above all, legal approach and rehabilitation for all of our customers.”
If the suspension happens to continue, Edelman will miss the first four games of the regular season of the Patriots against the Texans, lions, dolphins, and Jaguars.
Edelman, aged 32, was away from the entire 2017 season after an ACL torn during the preseason.
The suspension, if confirmed, is a major blow to the Patriots. New England lost Danny Amendola as a free agent and was traded at Brandin Cooks. These losses should be mitigated by Edelman’s return.
Now Brady will have to wait for week 5 against the Indianapolis Colts to target his best friend.
Edelman’s suspension raises even more questions about how the Belichick will structure the list of players for the regular season. While going to training camp, the Pats had a big fight with Edelman, Cordarrelle Patterson, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell, Phillip Dorsett, Kenny Britt, Jordan Matthews, Cody Hollister, and Braxton Berrios all competing to fit in.
It is likely that someone on the list will keep his job for at least four weeks until Edelman returns.
Brady and Co. usually spend the first month of the season working on the folds before spending the rest of the year. Edelman’s suspension may slow this process a bit in 2018.