Published: Wed, August 14, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Golden Tate suspension appeal denied, out first four games of 2019

Golden Tate suspension appeal denied, out first four games of 2019

The Giants signed Tate, 31, to a four-year, $37.5 million contract during the offseason.

New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate's appeal of his four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on PED usage was denied by the league on Tuesday.

The suspension will cost Tate $465,000 in salary ($116,176 per game).

The suspension comes as a result of failed drug test in April, in which Tate says that a drug he was prescribed from a fertility planning specialist contained an item on the leagues banned substance list. His appeal was heard August 6 by an arbiter in NY. The Notre Dame product can participate in all preseason activities and games.

"He is going to be in the right spot and he has a good feel for the zones, how to get open versus different techniques and stuff", Manning said.


Tate's absence will be a big loss for the Giants, who are already struggling with depth at the receiver position without Odell Beckham Jr.

Without Tate, the Giants receiving corps looks even more barren, as a wave of injuries struck the team early in training camp, culminating with Corey Coleman tearing his ACL, and Sterling Shepard breaking his thumb. He has returned to practice on a limited basis.

Rookie Darius Slayton, the fifth-round draft choice, returned to practice this week after missing nearly all of training camp with a hamstring injury.

Tate enters the season with the Giants after the Lions dealt him to Philadelphia for a third-round pick during the season a year ago. He finished the 2018 season in Philadelphia after the Lions traded him to the Eagles in October. His best seasons were from 2014-17, when he caught at least 90 passes per season with Detroit.

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