Ben Watson Suspended 4 games to Start the Season

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Joey007

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I normally have reason to be suspicious about players getting suspended for PED’s or any banned substances.

However, Watson’s reasons seem very genuine and very understandable. He had not anticipated playing again.

Very high character individual. If all goes to plan, we will gladly see him in October.
 

Hyped

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They really should change the PED/drug policy to only prevent people from using performance enhancing meds...not meds that allow you to heal faster like HGH nor illegal drugs that only harm performance.

I am cool with this as the Pats knew this beforehand. We're very lucky to have Watson given that we lost Gronk and missed out on Jared Cook.
 

BobDigital

Pro Bowl Player
It's fine. At this point I don't care much about PEDs. Just about everyone does something.

Honestly considering his age taking 4 games off may turn out to be better for us in the long run. I can't see him playing 19 games effectively.
 

holyredeemer

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It's fine. At this point I don't care much about PEDs. Just about everyone does something.

Honestly considering his age taking 4 games off may turn out to be better for us in the long run. I can't see him playing 19 games effectively.
It'll also allow us to carry an extra player that would've other wise been cut for 4 games, right? Maybe give us a chance to hold onto a tough cut for an extra month and re-evaluate the roster. Between Gordon's possible return, DT, and now Watson, this team could look incredibly different leading up to the playoffs.
 

patfanken

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While this certainly "inconvenient" to say the least, I won't be pissed about this IF the Pats knew this was a possibility before they signed him. IF they did know, then it is what it is. Can't be a totally bad thing is Watson is limited to only 12 games this season. He is 38. It will also give us a chance to to look at the young guys close up.

HOWEVER if this was a surprise to the Pats, I wouldn't be surprised at all if one of the younger guys step up, Watson is a cap casualty at the start of the season. If they keep him the entire preseason, then they'd probably have to eat the $600,000 signing bonus. If they cut him within a week or so, they may get all or most of that back, taking the stance that the testosterone info should have been given before signing.

We'll know one way or another which scenario is true within a week or so.
 

Mike the Brit

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HOWEVER if this was a surprise to the Pats, I wouldn't be surprised at all if one of the younger guys step up, Watson is a cap casualty at the start of the season. If they keep him the entire preseason, then they'd probably have to eat the $600,000 signing bonus. If they cut him within a week or so, they may get all or most of that back, taking the stance that the testosterone info should have been given before signing.

We'll know one way or another which scenario is true within a week or so.

Actually, Ken, we know now.

His statement says very clearly that he discussed this with the clubs he was in negotiations with and the Pats offered him a contract knowing that a suspension was imminent.

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Mack Herron

Pro Bowl Player
"I told my doctors I was finished playing, went through a series of medical tests and was prescribed Bio Identical Testosterone Cypionate to assist in healing my body and mind,”

Watson is a smart guy, but this was uninformed. Testosterone doesn't heal body or mind.
 

Boomer B

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But seriously, we’ll be ok.
 

VectorPrime

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I assume the team knew this when they signed him as this will have had to have gone through the appeals process before going public.
 

Digit

Practice Squad Player
The part I'm a bit uncertain about is, why did he go through the test if he was retired?
 
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