Julian Edelman is pretty busy at the moment, and his fans do hope that his appeal will give positive results. Edelman is facing four-game suspension for breaking NFL’s performance-enhancing policy. The receiver blames the league for mishandling the results of his tests, and hopes that his defense will be enough to lift the suspension.
There’s still no official information about the actual substance Edelman turned positive for. Albert Breer of the MMQB said that this particular substance wasn’t recognizable, adding that scientists were still testing it at the given time. So, this test was uncertain, and Edelman may have a chance to save his game. This suspension is the last thing he needs at the moment, and he better do good with that appeal. If by any chance his appeal doesn’t work, Edelman will sure take his case to the federal court.
Sources confirm that the defense will also accuse the NFL of “mishandling of the documentation and delivery of Edelman’s test results.”
We’ll wait to see what the independent arbitrator says.
“That hearing in front of an independent arbitrator lasted most of the day and my understanding is it was contentious. No decision was imminent and may not come until next week. Win, and Edelman would have his four-game suspension vacated. Lose and Edelman could choose to continue his fight in federal court,” NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero said.
There’s no official timetable for the decision to come out on the appeals, because each case is different in its own way. If the case ends in federal court, he may have a chance to play at the beginning of the season. If he loses, Edelman will serve his suspension during the most critical time in the Patriots’ schedule.
The appeal thing is a big deal now, and Patriots hope for a good outcome.