New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman ‘facing four-game PED ban’

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, according to reports.

The suspension is reportedly under appeal. Edelman has never tested positive before despite “hundreds of tests”, according to ESPN.

Edelman missed all of last season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a preseason game.

The 32-year-old has been on the field during the Patriots’ mandatory minicamp this week after previously attending voluntary OTAs.

If suspended, Edelman would forfeit roughly $470,588 (£350,525) of his $2m (£1.5m) base salary this season.

He would miss games against the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins before being eligible to re-join the team on October 1.

Edelman has 425 catches for 4,540 yards and 24 touchdowns in his nine NFL seasons.

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