New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman will not take his case to federal court, and thus will serve his suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy.
Earlier this month, the NFL rejected his appeal of the four-game suspension. The news of Edelman’s decision to forgo further appellate action was first reported by NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero.
Edelman, who is attempting to come back from a torn ACL suffered last August, is eligible to return for a Week 5 Thursday night game against the Colts. By then, Edelman will be more than one year removed from ACL surgery.
His suspension begins on the first day of the regular season.
Upon serving his suspension, Edelman is set to return from an ACL injury, which held him out of the entire 2018 season. In 2016, he finished with 98 receptions for 1,106 yards and three touchdowns.
The 32-year-old Edelman will miss games against the Texas, Jaguars, Lions and Dolphins.
He is, however, allowed to participate in training camp practices and preseason games.
-Mike D’Abate is a Managing Editor and National Columnist for Full Press Coverage Sports Media. He covers the NFL and the New England Patriots. Follow him on Twitter @mdabateFPC