New Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson will have to sit for the first four games of 2019, as Sunday it was announced he will serve a four-game suspension to start the season.
Watson himself made the announcement in a Facebook post on Sunday.
He admitted to briefly using testosterone after he retired from the Saints and before he came out of retirement with the Patriots to help “assist in healing my body and mind.”
“On March 29, nine days after I started therapy, I was randomly tested under our substance policies,” he wrote. “I complied out of habit, never thinking in that moment I’d want to come back. In late April, some clubs expressed interest in me playing and after much deliberation and prayer, I decided I wanted to return. Considering myself previously retired, I had forgotten all about my test in March until I got a letter on May 3rd saying my results were positive.”
“I was devastated and for obvious reasons did not want to proceed,” Watson added. “At that point I knew that my decision to return to play would include a four game suspension and I immediately discussed this new development with the clubs. Ultimately I decided to pursue another year and on May 9 the Patriots offered me a contract in spite of these circumstances.”
Watson wrote that he understands that the rules are what they are and accepts the suspension.
“I respect the regulations that have been collectively bargained to promote fairness on the field of play and accept the discipline associated with my infraction,” Watson said.