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Super Bowl: Edelman feels accountable for his actions

It was tough last year, watching your team go out and play great football without you. And, you know, it's exciting to get back out here and get to play with them."


Reuters 28 Jul 2018, 07:15 PM United Kingdom
  • Edelman, 32, addressed the suspension after the Saturday practice. He is allowed to participate in the preseason but will miss regular-season games against Houston, Jacksonville, Detroit, and Miami before returning Week 5 against Indianapolis. (Image Credit: Twitter)

Julian Edelman hasn't played for the New England Patriots for nearly a year since suffering an ACL injury in a preseason game last summer.

Now, back in training camp, he reflected Saturday on the year he sat out and the four games he will miss to start the 2018 season because of a suspension related to performance-enhancing drugs.

"It was a hell of a year to just sit and watch your team go to a Super Bowl and play without you and you're on the couch," Edelman said Saturday. "It was tough."

Edelman, 32, addressed the suspension after the Saturday practice. He is allowed to participate in the preseason but will miss regular-season games against Houston, Jacksonville, Detroit, and Miami before returning Week 5 against Indianapolis.

"It's disappointing with the penalty and the findings," Edelman said. "And I'm definitely accountable for that. But ultimately my focus is going out and just trying to work my knee and get better each day.

It was tough last year, watching your team go out and play great football without you. And, you know, it's exciting to get back out here and get to play with them."

He added: "I have to follow the protocols a little better and make sure this never happens again. I'm accountable for my actions. Ultimately, my focus now is getting my knee right and going out and trying to play football at a high level."'

In eight seasons with New England, Edelman has 425 catches for 4,540 yards and 24 touchdowns. Since becoming a full-time receiver in 2013, he has caught more than 90 passes in a season three times.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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