NFC East Notes: Golden Tate, Redskins, Cowboys

On Saturday, Giants wide receiver Golden Tate was suspended for four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Though the veteran is appealing the suspension, don’t expect him to win that appeal,’s Ryan Dunleavy writes.

After the suspension was doled out, Tate took to Twitter to say the test stemmed from a fertility treatment and he and the Giants are confident in the facts coming out. Citing former NFL doctor David J. Chao, Dunleavy expects the suspension to remain.

“Appreciate the story but if this is the basis for appeal, suspension will be upheld under current CBA. Like admitting you went over the speed limit because your speedometer broken. Still means a ticket,” Chao said [Twitter link].

Dunleavy went on to compare the case to that of defensive end Robert Mathis, who was suspended in 2014 for using the fertility drug, Clomid. He also cited the NFL does not typically reduce suspension lengths upon appeal.

With the suspension to Tate adds insult to several injuries for the Giants, who lost Sterling Shepard and Corey Coleman to injuries earlier in the week.

Here’s more from around the NFC East:

  • Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence held off on shoulder surgery until after he inked his new deal this offseason. The star pass-rusher is targeting the season opener vs. the Giants for when he will get back on the field,” Pro Football Talk’s Charean Williams writes. “I’m not saying I’m going to overload my workload for the season opener or what they want to do with me or have me off the PUP list by the season opener, but hopefully be ready by the season opener.”
  • Staying in Dallas, linebacker Sean Lee is playing teams in training camp, the first time playing with the unit since his second season in the league, Williams writes“I am just trying to help anyway I can,” Lee said Sunday. “I like being on the field. I want to try to make an impact. You can make a lot of plays on special teams, hopefully plays that can change a game. Having an impact anyway I can, that’s my goal.” With the emergence of Leighton Vander Esch in 2018, Lee is also moving to strongside linebacker in 2019.
  • Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said receiver Trey Quinn has the slot-receiver role locked up, ESPN’s John Keim tweets. This was long expected as Quinn has received rave reviews and the lack of depth at the spot on the roster.
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5 comments on “NFC East Notes: Golden Tate, Redskins, Cowboys

  1. DarkSide830

    that’s a terrible analogy. Tate was essentially speeding on a highway on which he was the only driver, realized what he was doing, and went to the police to admit he was speeding rather then them perhaps consult the highway cameras at a later date.

    • Polish Hammer

      Or he blew by the police checkpoint and then surrendered to them knowing he was 100% wrong and 100% busted. He only admitted after he pissed and knew he’d show positive.

      • compassrose

        He should have used a variant of the Sherman excuse. I drank from my wife’s glass not knowing she put fertility pills in it. There are so many jokes from here but I will have to hold back. I like the doughnut thief from his years here.

        Ever noticed a good portion of players that leave for a little more money don’t do as well. I know they need to make it while they can. It is too bad the system is not set up a bit more like the NBA. They can offer a player on the current roster more money that doesn’t count against the cap. Would make more loyal players you of course could only have so many on the team. Would be nice though. To finish first part Tate would have probably had more success staying but he saw the green can’t fault him.

  2. jorge78

    Why is Sean Lee playing on special teams!!?? Man get hurt just walking on the field and he wants to expose himself even more!!??

  3. compassrose

    Not special teams they left an important word out in that sentence I believe scout would be the word.

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