Benjamin Watson fully details why he's suspended first four games of 2019 season

Ryan Hannable
May 26, 2019 - 6:02 pm
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The return of tight end Benjamin Watson to the Patriots will need to wait a little bit -- at least in the regular season.

The 38-year-old posted a long message to Facebook Sunday afternoon saying he's suspended for the first four games of the 2019 season because of testing positive for Bio Identical Testosterone Cypionate.

Watson thought he was retiring after last season so he was prescribed it by his doctor to help his body feel better after a long NFL career. Weeks later he was tested by the NFL and then he forgot all about it before getting a letter May 3 saying it came back positive. By then he was considering playing again so he alerted all interested teams. Therefore, when the Patriots officially signed him on May 9 they were fully aware he would be missing the first four games.

He will be eligible to return Oct. 6 against the Redskins and is still eligible for the preseason games.

Watson explained in the post how disappointed he is to start his second time in New England on this note.

Here's the full post.

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