Report: Julian Edelman's Appeal of 4-Game Suspension for PEDs Denied by NFL

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 3, 2018

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) runs with the ball during an NFL football minicamp practice, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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The NFL upheld Julian Edelman's suspension upon appeal, thus ruling the New England Patriots wide receiver out for the first four games of the 2018 season, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday. 

Edelman received the suspension after violating the NFL's performance-enhancing substances policy.

The MMQB's Albert Breer reported in June the substance for which Edelman tested positive "wasn't immediately recognizable."

According to ESPN's Dan Graziano, that was part of the basis for his appeal. The appeal also centered on an alleged "mishandling of the documentation and delivery" of his test results.

With Edelman's suspension upheld, NESN's Zack Cox reflected on what it means for the Patriots:

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With Edelman out, the Patriots will rely on some combo of Chris Hogan, Jordan Matthews, Phillip Dorsett, Kenny Britt, Malcolm Mitchell, Cordarrelle Patterson, Braxton Berrios, Riley McCarron and Cody Hollister for the first month. WR will be very competitive this summer.

The suspension is also a setback for Edelman as he returns from a season-ending torn ACL. His last competitive game was Super Bowl LI in February 2017, when he caught five passes for 87 yards in a 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

The Patriots added Cordarrelle Patterson and Jordan Matthews in the offseason and selected Braxton Berrios in the sixth round of the NFL draft. Kenny Britt is also entering his first full season in New England.

With Edelman out for four games, the opportunity is there for somebody to step up and play a starring role in the Patriots' passing game.