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With this player out, the Dolphins less to worry about when they face Patriots Week 4

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) runs with the ball during an NFL football minicamp practice, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass.
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) runs with the ball during an NFL football minicamp practice, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. AP Photo

Julian Edelman has had little problem figuring out the Miami Dolphins defense during his time with the New England Patriots.

He'll have to wait a little longer than usual this year to face the Dolphins.

The NFL on Tuesday night upheld Edelman's four-game suspension to start the 2018 season, meaning he will be inactive when the Dolphins and the Patriots meet in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on Sept. 30.

That's good news for the Dolphins, who will be looking for their first road win against New England since the 2008 season.

Before missing last season, though, Edelman had a strong run of success when facing Miami.

Over his last six games against the Dolphins, Edelman has caught 48 passes for 630 yards and five touchdowns. He recorded a career-high 151 receiving yards the last time he played Miami, a 35-14 win in New England on Jan. 1, 2017. He had no less than 76 yards in any given game during that span.

News of the suspension, which stems from a violation on the NFL's performance-enhancing substance policy, initially surfaced in early June.

Edelman, who missed the 2017 season after tearing the ACL in his right knee last preseason, apologized on his Instagram story when the news first surfaced.

"I am very sorry — I don't know what happened," Edelman's message read. "I've taken many, many tests obviously over the course of my career, and nothing like this has ever happened. I apologize to the Kraft family, my coaches, teammates and fans. As this matter is being appealed, I can't say anymore but no matter what, I will be ready to play and pursue another championship with our team and for Patriots fans around the world."

Edelman, 32, is heading into his 10th season in the NFL, all with the Patriots. In 103 career games (59 starts), the 5-10, 200-pound receiver has caught 425 passes for 4,540 yards and 24 touchdowns.

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