Julian Edelman is facing a four game suspension for something that scientists still are unsure what exactly it is.
It came out last week that the Patriots wide out failed a PED test and was popped for the first quarter of the season. In a statement, Edelman was apologetic for the positive test, but did add that he didn’t “know what happened,” which was a rather interesting note considering it had to have been something that he consumed.
That, however, gained a little more clarity when Albert Breer of the MMQB reported that Edelman’s test was “triggered by a substance that wasn’t immediately recognizable, and there are scientists analyzing it.”
That news of the league not being fully aware of what exactly Edelman took, but still slapped him with a four game suspension didn’t sit with with ESPN’s Mike Golic.
“I don’t get this one. I don’t get it at all,” he said during his show on Tuesday.
“Just take it through your mind,” Golic continued. “You do a test, they come back and say, ‘You tested positive and you’re suspended for four games.’ ‘Really, what did a test positive for?’ ‘We don’t know.’
“There’s no way I buy this. There’s no conceivable way you can sell me on this one that they don’t know what it is, yet they suspended him for four games. I mean, how is the union … how have we heard from them? How are they not screaming from the highest mountain top right now saying, ‘Wait a minute, you what?’ That, to me, is an impossibility.”
Golic also was upset simply with the timing of the suspension asking why the league didn’t simply just wait to see what the results of the test were before handing down the punishment.
“Let’s wait and see,” Golic continued. “But they have enough evidence in their mind to say you are suspended for the first four games of the season. I don’t know about anyone else, but if you suspended me for four games, you damn well better have something concrete that says I tested positive for something that gets me suspended for four games.”
Edelman is in the midst of coming back from a torn ACL that he suffered last preseason and kept him sidelined throughout the 2017 campaign. Prior to the injury, he was about to enter 2017 after what could arguably be called the best season of his career in 2016.
That season he recorded a career high in yards with 1,106 and totaled his second highest receptions mark of his career with 98.
Edelman is currently appealing the suspension and with this murky narrative surrounding his test, he may have a better shot of winning. In the event that he does miss the first quarter of the season, he’s set to return in Week 5 when the Patriots take on the Colts on Thursday Night Football.