Patriots' Julian Edelman accepts suspension: 'I'm accountable for my actions'

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Julian Edelman (Getty Images)

Julian Edelman isn’t making any excuses in regards to his suspension.

After New England wrapped up training camp practice Saturday, the Patriots wide receiver addressed his four-game ban for the first time and accepted responsibility for his mistake.

“Obviously, you’re disappointed with it, but I got to follow the protocols a little better and make sure this never happens again,” Edelman said, via ESPN. “I’m accountable for my actions.”

Edelman missed all of last season after suffering a torn ACL during the preseason. Since his return has been pushed back for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, he’ll concentrate on ensuring he is 100 percent ready for Week 5.

“Ultimately, my focus now is getting my knee right and going out and trying to play football at a high level,” Edelman added. “It was a helluva year to just sit and watch your team go to a Super Bowl and play without you and you’re on the couch. It was tough. But I’m excited to be out here, and I’m excited to work my game.”

Edelman, 32, had 98 catches for 1,106 yards and three touchdowns in 2016. He has been a full participant in training camp practices so far.