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20:55  27 may  2019
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New Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson will most likely serve a four-game suspension at the beginning of the season for taking a substance banned by the NFL … something Watson admits he did knowingly, and told teams about before he signed with them.

The reason was that Watson thought he was retired when he took the substance. The 38-year-old Watson finished up with the Saints last season and had planned to retire from the game. In a letter posted to his Facebook, Watson said that he had discussed ways to take care of his body in retirement with his doctors, and they had recommended a testosterone supplement.

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Watson , who decided unretire to return to the Patriots , will have to wait four games to play for New England again as he tested positive for a banned He made a statement on Facebook confirming multiple reports of his suspension. He said when he took Bio Identical Testosterone Cypionate, which

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When he decided to come back to the Patriots, he knew that he would fail the test.

From Watson's Facebook:

"After my contract expired last March, I told my doctors I was finished playing, went through a series of medical tests and was prescribed Bio Identical Testosterone Cypionate to assist in healing my body and mind.

"On March 29, nine days after I started therapy, I was randomly tested under our substance policies. I complied out of habit, never thinking in the moment I'd want to come back. In late April, some clubs expressed interest in me playing and after much deliberation and prayer, I decided I wanted to return. Considering myself previously retired, I had forgotten all about my test in March until I got a letter on May 3rd saying my results were positive. I was devastated and for obvious reasons did not want to proceed.

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Watson , who signed with the Patriots earlier this month, announced on Sunday that he’s facing a four-game suspension to begin the 2019 season. In a lengthy Facebook post, Watson explained why he tested positive for Bio Identical Testosterone Cypionate.

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"At that point I knew my decision to return to play would include a four-game suspension and I immediately discussed this new development with the clubs."

He continued: "Ultimately I decided to pursue another year and on May 9 the Patriots offered me a contract in spite of these circumstances.

"I am excited and thankful to return to New England but very disappointed that I will not be able to play and contribute immediately."

It all makes sense, really, and as long as the Patriots knew about it, then there's not too much of a story here, except an explanation for why Watson will miss the first four games. If any team can handle a guy missing a few games and then getting him installed in a smart way, it's the Patriots.


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