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Patriots’ Ben Watson faces four-game suspension after failed drug test

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Not something the New England Patriots needed with Rob Gronkowski retired.

38-year old veteran tight end Benjamin Watson has disclosed to the public that he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs a few months back.

“As a professional athlete for the last 15 years I know very well the limitations on what can be prescribed for my overall health…After my contract expired last March I told my doctors I was finished playing, went through a series of medical tests and was prescribed Bio Identical Testosterone Cypionate to assist in healing my body and mind.” explained Watson on his official Facebook page

“On March 29, nine days after I started therapy, I was randomly tested under our substance policies. I complied out of habit, never thinking in that moment I’d want to come back. In late April, some clubs expressed interest in me playing and after much deliberation and prayer, I decided I wanted to return. Considering myself previously retired, I had forgotten all about my test in March until I got a letter on May 3rd saying my results were positive.”

Watson came out of retirement after just five months and signed a one-year deal with the Patriots, a team he played for from 2004-2009, on May 10th.

The punishment for a failed drug test of his calibre is usually four games.

He is set to enter his 16th NFL season.

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Golden Tate has his appeal denied, will be suspended for first four games of 2019 NFL season

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It’s official. The New York Giants will be without one of their receivers to start the 2019 NFL season.

The league announced that they have denied Golden Tate’s appeal to reverse his four-game suspension after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs earlier this year.

Therefore, the 31-year old won’t be eligible to play in the regular season until the Giants’ week 5 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings on October 6.

Tate, who signed a a four-year, $37.5 million contract with the Giants in March, has posted 611 receptions for 7214 receiving yards, and 38 touchdowns over a span of nine seasons and 137 career games split between the Seattle Seahawks, Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles.

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2020 Pro Bowl to take place in Orlando for fourth year in a row

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As the saying goes: if it ain’t broke, then don’t fix it.

The NFL announced Wednesday that the 2020 Pro Bowl is returning to the great city of Orlando at Camping World Stadium for a fourth consecutive year.

The event will be held a week before the Super Bowl on Sunday, January 26, 2020.

“We’re thrilled to return to Orlando for the fourth year in a row and bring the Pro Bowl experience to the city of Orlando, our fans, players and partners,” said NFL Executive Vice President Peter O’Reilly.

“We’re happy to provide not only a week-long celebration of football, but also to extend the celebration of the NFL’s 100th season throughout this year’s Pro Bowl.”

The Pro Bowl has been in Orlando since 2016 after a prolonged run at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii from 1979-2015 (with the exception of 2009 in Miami Florida, and 2014 in Glendale, Arizona).

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Chargers general manager on Melvin Gordon’s holdout: “No, I don’t condone it. But I think he’s been pretty professional with his comments”

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Is Melvin Gordon going to become the next Le’Veon Bell?

The 26-year old running back has decided not to attend Los Angeles Chargers training camp, and will continue to sideline himself as a way to negotiate a long-term contract for himself.

Chargers general manager Tom Telesco spoke about the situation publicly on Wednesday. It’s safe to say he’s not exactly a fan of Gordon’s negotiation tactics.

“I’ve read a lot of the stuff. I think he’s been pretty professional with everything. Do I condone holding out? No, I don’t condone it. But I think he’s been pretty professional with his comments from what I’ve seen.” said Telesco.

“He’s an excellent player…He’s tough. Great work ethic. Represents the organization extremely well. But he’s not here. I understand his thoughts and opinions on what he’s going through. I always look at the player’s side. I can see it. Doesn’t mean I agree with it, but I can kind of see what his thought process is.” said Telesco.

Despite his feelings, Telesco remains hopeful and confident that they will be able to negotiate a long-term deal with the two-time Pro Bowler, and realizes his value to the franchise.

“I’m not naive: I know we’re better with Melvin Gordon,” added Telesco.

“My only thought process is he’s playing here…He’s an L.A. Charger.”

Gordon, who was selected 15th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft, has accumulated 3,628 rushing yards on 897 carries, 182 receptions for 1,577 receiving yards, and 38 touchdowns in four seasons and 55 career games.

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