The Giants will be without Golden Tate – the wide receiver signed as a direct response to shipping away Odell Beckham Jr. – for the first four games of the season, a devastating blow to an offense and a team that desperately needs to get off to a strong start.
The NFL on Tuesday announced it had denied Tate’s appeal of his four-game suspension for violating the league’s Performance Enhancing Substance Policy.
This means Tate will miss games against the Cowboys, Bills, Buccaneers and Redskins. He can continue to practice, play in the preseason games and be a part of the team, but only until the start of the regular season. After that, he is not allowed in the team facility until Sept. 30, the Monday leading into Week 5 of the season, when he is allowed to return to the active roster. He will be able to make his Giants debut Oct. 6 against the Vikings at MetLife Stadium.
“I went into this arbitration with the understanding that due to the facts, unlike many other cases, we could be the exception to win,” Tate wrote in a tweet Tuesday. “Unfortunately the NFL stood by their no tolerance policy, which I hope one day to help have a part in reforming, so no other player has to go through this situation.”