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Golden Tate suspension: Giants’ WR appealing four-game PED ban [Updated]

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The Giants’ receiving corps could take another hit

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The New York Giants’ receiving corps could get even thinner to start the season.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that free agent Golden Tate is appealing a four-game suspension for the violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances.

Update

Tate has released a statement:

If Tate’s suspension is upheld, the Giants’ already thin receiving corps would get dangerously thin for the first quarter of the season. The good news is that Tate would be able to stay with the team through camp.

Coach Pat Shurmur had little to say about the Tate suspension other than the idea that the receivers has been “very honest” with the Giants during the process.

“When this situation arose he’s been very honest with us,” Shurmur said, adding that the Giants learned of this after signing him this offseason.

As it stands now, the Giants have lost:

Corey Coleman (IR, ACL)
Sterling Shepard (Week - to - Week, Thumb)
Darius Slayton (hamstring)

This news came as a surprise to the New York media and places even more emphasis on the Giants’ veteran receiver workout being held today. As it stands, we don’t know the circumstances of Tate’s positive test nor why he believes he has a legitimate case.

All we — and the Giants — can do right now is wait and hope that the appeal goes in Tate’s favor and that the team is able to find a good option who can help out right away in their workout.

Stay with Big Blue View for more news from Giants camp as we get it.