Patriots' Julian Edelman on failed drug test: ‘I don’t know what happened’

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Julian Edelman (Getty Images)

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman reportedly is facing a four-game suspension after testing positive for a banned substance. He addressed the failed drug test Friday on his Instagram.

“I am very sorry,” Edelman’s post (via NFL Network) read in part. “I don’t know what happened. I’ve taken many, many tests, obviously, over the course of my career and nothing like this has ever happened.”

Edelman is appealing his suspension. He would lose $470,588.20 in base salary if his appeal is denied, according to ESPN.

The Patriots face the Texans, Jaguars, Lions and Dolphins in their first four games of 2018.

Edelman missed all of last season after he tore his ACL in late August.