Julian Edelman will not be available for the first four games of the regular season for the New England Patriots due to a suspension stemming from his violation of the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
Four games is a significant amount of time to be away from regular season football, and being put in a straight jacket and thus unable to help his team over that span is definitely going to give Edelman a tremendous feeling of frustration, especially when considering the fact that he has not played in a non-preseason game since the team’s win over the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl two years ago. He was sidelined for the entire 2017 campaign with a torn ACL.
According to Erik Scalavino of Patriots.com, Julian Edelman has asked quarterback Tom Brady for some tips about what to do during his temporary exile from football.
During the forced hiatus, Edelman plans to do what he can to heal his body from the rigors of training camp while maintaining his football conditioning as best he can. He said he’s sought the advice of a “very helpful” QB Tom Brady, who was in a similar position two seasons ago for other reasons.
As what Scalavino noted, Brady was also handed a four-game suspension after a controversial back-and-forth with the NFL’s office over the “Deflategate” scandal that rocked New England in 2016, so Edelman had come to the right person to seek guidance.
Of course, that same season, Brady got the last laugh as the Patriots were the ones who claimed the Vince Lombardi Trophy,
If Edelman and the Pats are a glass-half-full (and superstitious) type of team, then they can treat Edelman’s suspension as a sign of good things to come for them.