New England Patriots

Facing a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL’s performance-enchancing substance policy, Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman broke his silence by way of a statement via Instagram on Friday afternoon.

Edelman’s statement comes a day after trainer Alex Guerrero released a statement essentially distancing himself from No. 11’s violation, saying that the methods practiced at the TB12 Center are, “natural, holistic, appropriate and, above all, legal.”

The 32-year-old Edelman missed all of last season due to a torn ACL, but was a full participant at this week’s mandatory mini-camp, where he talked about his offseason program to get himself back to 100 percent.

“Everyone’s a competitor, so sometimes you’re your worst own enemy when you’re trying to do that,” Edelman said of pushing his physical limits in his effort to return to the field. “But, it is what it is and there’s a big part of the process and I’ve got a lot of guys, training staff helping me out – TB12, all that stuff – to get to where I want to be.”

As noted in his statement, Edelman is currently appealing the suspension.

The 5-foot-10 No. 1 option of Tom Brady caught 98 passes for three touchdowns and a career-best 1,106 yards in 2016.

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