Former teammate tells Julian Edelman PED suspension not the end of the world

Former Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich has been there before.

So when wide receiver Julian Edelman was hit with a four-game suspension for violating the league’s PED policy, he was quick to reach out to his former teammate.

I just said it’s not the end of the world, Ninkovich said, via Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. Yeah, it sucks. It’s not what you want to deal with at this point in your career. When I was going through it, I had gone through all these emotions of what people were going to think of me, and at the end of the day, the people that love you, and that support you, it doesn’t matter.

As the youngest of three boys, with a father in the Air Force and a mother who hung the message Football is life on the wall of the family’s home, Nick is no stranger to injuries. He played a junior high football game with a fractured forearm stabilized by bubble wrap and tape. He broke his right leg as a high school sophomore attempting to dunk, gashed his forehead on a basketball goal while bouncing on a trampoline and sliced open one of his fingers, a wound that needed 12 stitches to mend.

His injury in the Egg Bowl was different from the others, but nothing compared to the one his older brother Justin sustained a few years ago in the Army. On a skydiving expedition, Justin’s parachute failed to open, and he plummeted to the ground, landed atop another soldier and broke his back. Next to that, a dislocated ankle doesn’t seem so bad.

The Cardinals released Floyd, who had a previous DUI arrest, after that arrest and the team has said there will be consequences for Keim, who also had a previous DUI arrest, as a result. Floyd was also suspended for four games by the NFL and discipline for team executives has varied after past incidents, although the revelation of his BAC will likely lead to a stiffer sentence.

Position coaches write their own reports, too, and Guenther will frequently compare notes. I won’t always tell them my opinion on a player at first, he says. I might say I like a player who I actually hate, just to see if the coach really knows [what we’re looking for] or if he’ll just agree with me.

When April rolled around, the coaching staff was intact and fully up on the scheme, incumbent players had been evaluated and major free agents had been signed. There was finally enough time to focus fully on the draft. Guenther and his position coaches corroborated their pre-draft reports, with each man putting a grade on each player. The grades were broken into three parts per round: A, B and C.

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