New England Patriots could be in trouble at the start of 2018 NFL season. According to various reports, including those from ESPN‘s and NFL Network insiders, Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is facing a four games suspension from the league for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing substances policy.
Edelman appealed, hoping to overturn the suspension or at least reduce it. He also issued a statement via his Instagram profile on Friday.
“I am very sorry–I don’t know what happened,” – wrote Edelman. “I’ve taken many, many tests obviously over the course of my career, and nothing like this has ever happened. I apologize to the Kraft family, my coaches, teammates, and fans. As this matter is being appealed, I can’t say anymore but no matter what, I will be ready to play and pursue another championship with our team and for Patriots fans around the world.“
Julian Edelman missed the entire 2017 season due to an ACL injury and just recently recovered in full. During his rehabilitation process, Edelman worked with Tom Brady’s trainer, Alex Guerrero, who is at the helm of TB12 Sports Therapy Center. After various media outlets linked this with the suspension, Guerrero decided to issue a statement.
“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,” – said Guerrero in a statement. “Elite athletes sometimes work with multiple coaches and health professionals as part of their training. Here at our facility, we take 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.“
If Julian Edelman’s suspension stays in place, he will miss Patriots’ games against the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins.