Golden Tate
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New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate loses appeal, will be suspended for the first four games of the regular season.

Well, it’s the decision New York Giants fans have been dreading. On Tuesday, the NFL chose to uphold wide receiver Golden Tate‘s four-game suspension.

The league decided to suspend Tate in July for a violation of the substance policy. Tate released a statement via his Twitter account shortly after he was suspended.

I’m sure what he’s saying is true. And yes, it’s a tough situation. However, the league has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to things like this. Tate may have stopped the treatment process after he found out one of the ingredients was on the banned substance list, but he should be triple-checking the ingredients before even taking it once. He’s not a rookie. Tate should’ve ultimately known better in this situation.

Now, the Giants will be without him for the first four games of the season. Tate released another statement when the news broke that his suspension was upheld.

The suspension could’ve possibly been reduced to three or maybe even two games. It would be tough to see an entire four-game ban be wiped out completely. Tate will finally play a regular-season game this year on Oct. 6, when Big Blue takes on the Minnesota Vikings at home.

The Giants have already had numerous issues with their wide receiving corps prior to the regular season. Along with the Tate suspension, the Giants also saw Sterling Shepard fracture his thumb in July as well as Corey Coleman tear his ACL the same month. Shepard should be healthy for Week 1, as Coleman will be out for the year.

Young receiver Amba Etta-Tawo’s season is also over, as he tore his Achilles in practice this week.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.