BOSTON — New England Patriots tight end Ben Watson will be suspended for the first four games of the upcoming season due to a failed drug test, Watson confirmed in a Facebook post on Sunday evening.
The tight end claims that he tested positive for a supplement called Bio Identical Testosterone Cypionate, which, he says, he took during his retirement to, "assist in healing my body and mind." Watson claims he took the supplement when he had no plans to return to the NFL.
Watson briefly retired at the end of last season before coming out of retirement to join the Patriots on a one-year, $3 million deal.
In Watson's post, the tight end says he knew he was going to be suspended if he came out of retirement, disclosing that information to the teams interested in signing him - including the Patriots. New England offered the tight end a contract on May 9.
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