Morning sports update: Julian Edelman reportedly won’t fight his 4-game PED suspension

Edelman will return in Week 5.

Julian Edelman
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman reportedly won't fight his four-game PED suspension. –AP Photo/Steven Senne

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Julian Edelman reportedly won’t fight his 4-game PED suspension

On the eve of the Patriots’ first training camp practice in 2015, Tom Brady filed a lawsuit seeking to have his four-game Deflategate suspension overturned because NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was an inherently biased arbitrator. Brady won the initial appeal, which allowed him to play the entire 2015-16 season, but lost on an appeal and had to serve the suspension the following season.

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One of his primary targets, Julian Edelman, will not be heading down the same path. The Patriots wide receiver is not going to sue the league over his four-game PED suspension, according to the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

An independent arbitrator ruled earlier this month that the suspension will stand. Edelman’s legal team had appealed the ban, arguing that the NFL mishandled his test results. That did not sway the arbitrator.

The presence of that arbitrator is one major difference between Edelman’s case and Brady’s Deflategate ordeal. Instead of Goodell presiding over an appeal as judge, jury, and executioner, the receiver’s argument was heard by a panel of lawyers jointly selected by the league and the Players Association.

Now that Edelman won’t be challenging the suspension in federal court, he will return in Week 5 after missing matchups against the Texans, Jaguars, Lions, and Dolphins.

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