One of Tom Brady’s favorite targets over the past few years in New England has been battling back from an ACL injury. However, his comeback is on hold after Julian Edelman has tested positive for performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) and is being suspended for four games by the NFL.
And, his suspension at the beginning of the upcoming season means that both the Jaguars and the Dolphins will play games against the AFC defending champions without one of their stars.
First, the Patriots wrapped up their three day mini-camp on Thursday and Edelman (shown above in a practice two weeks ago) was practicing with the team.
In typical Patriots fashion, the news did not break until after the players and coach Bill Belichick had left and were unavailable.
Here was a report post practice Thursday from Kim Jones of the NFL Network in Foxboro about the situation:
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) June 7, 2018
Edelman tore the ACL in the third preseason game of last year at Ford Field in Detroit. Prior to that, injury, he is had three seasons in the last four with at least 90 catches and caught for at least a thousand yards in two of them. The Patriots won the Superbowl twice during that stretch with Edelman having caught the winning fourth quarter TD pass in Superbowl XLIX (49) against the Seahawks in February of 2014.
And, with fellow wide receiver Danny Amendola having left in free agency in March to come to Miami this makes New England even more short-handed with veteran security blanket pass catchers that Brady would prefer.
The Patriots open with the Houston Texans at home in week one. Then will play at TIAA Bank field in Jacksonville in an AFC Title Game rematch with the Jaguars home opener in week two. After playing the Lions the following week, New England will then host the Dolphins in their first division game of the year at Gillette Stadium week four.
So unless the remote chance of a successful appeal to wipe out the four-game suspension or at least reduce it happens, Edelman will miss all of those games.
He was slated to make $5.5 million and now has lost 1/4 of that due to the four week suspension and the CBA rules.
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