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Golden Tate about to begin suspension — how much will his loss hurt Giants?

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Wide receiver will miss first four games for PED violation

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Golden Tate was one of only two New York Giants’ starters to play Thursday night, the other being fullback Elijhaa Penny. Tate caught two passes for 37 yards in just eight snaps. Tate, of course, was getting in his final work before his four-game PED suspension kicks in.

Tate won’t be allowed to practice with or be around the Giants until they begin preparations for their Week 5 game against the Minnesota Vikings.

“It’s something I’ve never experienced. I actually tried to think about the last time I missed a game. It has to be five or six years since I missed a game,” the 10-year veteran said Thursday night. “So this obviously hurts, but I’m going to go through this process and support my teammates as best I can from afar. I’m going to prepare myself as if I’m there every week, by obviously my training, but within the rules. I’ll study my plays, look over the practice films, and try to be there without being there.”

Tate, signed after the Giants traded Odell Beckham Jr., has four seasons of more than 90 receptions and 611 career catches. He was, and is, expected to be a key player.

“You know, just hold it down,” Tate said of his message to teammates. “We have a lot of confidence in our receivers. We have a lot of play makers as you’ve seen. The coach has some tough decisions to make, but I have no doubt that our offense is going to be just fine.”

How much do you think the Giants will miss Tate during the first month of the season?