Golden Tate Loses Appeal Of 4-Game Ban, Leaving Giants Thin At Receiver

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New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate watches plays during drills at the NFL football team's training camp Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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Golden Tate's appeal of a four-game suspension did not go his way.

The NFL rejected the wide receiver's plea to overturn the ban on Tuesday, leaving the Giants without one of their biggest offseason acquisitions for 25 percent of the season. Tate's suspension is the result of a positive test in violation of the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Tate argued that he was using a fertility drug prescribed by a doctor, but that was not enough for him to avoid a suspension. His appeal was heard by an arbiter on Aug. 6.

“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 said in a statement via Twitter. “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.”

Tate will be allowed to participate in the preseason, but the Giants will be without their top receiver to start the season. That's bad news for a team that is awfully thin at the position after Sterling Shepard broke his thumb at the start of camp.

(The Giants also traded a rather talented receiver by the name of Odell Beckham Jr. over the offseason.)

With Tate sidelined and Shepard hurt, the Giants have Cody Latimer, Bennie Fowler and Russell Shepard to turn to. Latimer has never caught more than 19 passes in a season during his five-year career, while Fowler's career-high in that department stops just short of 30. Shepard tops out at 23. Tate's absence will create more opportunities for the veteran trio, but they don't give New York much to work with.

The Giants signed Tate to a four-year, $37.5 million deal over the offseason in hopes that he could help make up for the production New York lost when it decided to trade Beckham Jr. to Cleveland. Instead, the Giants will be without the nine-year veteran as they try to get by with an unproven passing attack.

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Golden Tate's appeal of a four-game suspension did not go his way.

The NFL rejected the wide receiver's plea to overturn the ban on Tuesday, leaving the Giants without one of their biggest offseason acquisitions for 25 percent of the season. Tate's suspension is the result of a positive test in violation of the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Tate argued that he was using a fertility drug prescribed by a doctor, but that was not enough for him to avoid a suspension. His appeal was heard by an arbiter on Aug. 6.

“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 said in a statement via Twitter. “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.”

Tate will be allowed to participate in the preseason, but the Giants will be without their top receiver to start the season. That's bad news for a team that is awfully thin at the position after Sterling Shepard broke his thumb at the start of camp.

(The Giants also traded a rather talented receiver by the name of Odell Beckham Jr. over the offseason.)

With Tate sidelined and Shepard hurt, the Giants have Cody Latimer, Bennie Fowler and Russell Shepard to turn to. Latimer has never caught more than 19 passes in a season during his five-year career, while Fowler's career-high in that department stops just short of 30. Shepard tops out at 23. Tate's absence will create more opportunities for the veteran trio, but they don't give New York much to work with.

The Giants signed Tate to a four-year, $37.5 million deal over the offseason in hopes that he could help make up for the production New York lost when it decided to trade Beckham Jr. to Cleveland. Instead, the Giants will be without the nine-year veteran as they try to get by with an unproven passing attack.

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