EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate has had the appeal of his four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL’s policy on performance enhancers turned down.
The decision by an independent arbiter was announced Tuesday and means the 10-year-veteran will miss the first four games of the regular season, starting against Dallas on Sept. 8.
Tate, who signed a $37.5 million contract as a free agent with the Giants in March, announced the suspension in a Twitter post on July 27. He said he intended to appeal it and felt his case had merit because he was using a fertility drug prescribed by a doctor.
The appeal was heard by a member of an independent appeals panel in New York last week.
Tate will be eligible to practice with the team until the start of the regular season.
Peterson declines to address finances
Adrian Peterson said he won’t be discussing financial woes that came to light over the summer.
The Washington Redskins running back conducted his first interview of training camp Tuesday and declined to answer a question about pending legal action against him. Peterson was sued last month over failure to fully repay a $5.2 million loan and was ordered to pay $2.45 million to another creditor.
“I won’t be addressing none of that,” Peterson said. “I thought maybe you would figure that I wouldn’t. But I knew someone would probably ask, so I’m not going to be talking about none of that. You guys got questions pertaining to that, I won’t be answering it.”
Lawyer Chase Carlson said in a statement last month that “the truth behind Adrian Peterson’s current financial situation is more than is being reported at this time.”
“This is yet another situation of an athlete trusting the wrong people and being taken advantage of by those he trusted,” Carlson said. “Adrian and his family look forward to sharing further details when appropriate.”
Brown returns to practice facility
Antonio Brown walked onto the Oakland Raiders practice field in his familiar No. 84 jersey surrounded by cameras and received warm greetings from teammates.
His weeklong absence to deal with his frostbitten feet and a grievance with the NFL over the use of a helmet ended, and now he’s eager to get back on the field as soon as he can.
“I’m extremely grateful to be here,” Brown said during a short news conference. “I’ve been dealing with a lot of adversity. I’m excited to be back and see my teammates and get in the groove of things.”
Brown gave no timeline for when he would be healthy enough to practice, saying only to “stay tuned.”
Luck to miss rest of preseason
Andrew Luck will likely miss the rest of the preseason with an injury near the front of his left ankle.
Colts general manager Chris Ballard said he isn’t sure if the injury will keep Luck out of the Sept. 8 season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Colts’ starting quarterback has been dealing with lower leg pain since straining his left calf in March. Luck missed all of the team’s offseason workouts and has not participated in any full team drills at training camp.
Sanders has surgery on both ankles
Emmanuel Sanders’ comeback was more complex than he led on.
The Denver Broncos’ 32-year-old receiver revealed this week he had surgeries on both ankles in the offseason, one to repair his left Achilles tendon, which he tore in practice last December, and one to fix a severely sprained right ankle a month later.
Sanders recounted fans approaching him at the mall last winter and asking, “How’s the Achilles doing?” while pointing at the boot on his right foot.
“I’m like, ‘I’m good. But it’s not my Achilles. It’s actually my ankle,’” Sanders said Tuesday. “But I kind of kept that under wraps because I didn’t want you guys writing stories of, ‘Hey, there’s no way he can battle through two surgeries.’ So, I just said I’m going to keep it under wraps and let you guys know once I get myself back healthy and feeling good.”
Jets sign CB Cooper for depth
The New York Jets have signed veteran cornerback Marcus Cooper for depth in their depleted secondary.
The team also announced Tuesday it waived tight end Nick Truesdell to make room on the roster.
Cooper has played in 74 games, including 28 starts, in stints with San Francisco, Kansas City, Arizona, Chicago and Detroit in six NFL seasons. He was released by the Lions on Monday.
The 2013 seventh-round draft pick out of Rutgers has seven career interceptions with 36 passes defensed and 154 tackles.