New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate has had the appeal of his four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's policy on performance enhancers turned down.
The decision by an independent arbiter was announced Tuesday and means the 10-year-veteran will miss the first four games of the regular season, starting with Dallas on Sept. 8.
Tate, who signed a $37.5 million contract as a free agent with the Giants in March, feasted on the Cowboys secondary last September -- as a member of the Detroit Lions -- catching eight passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns in a 26-24 loss to Dallas.
Before becoming a free agent, Tate was acquired at the 2018 trade deadline by the Philadelphia Eagles, setting up two more matchups against the Cowboys, but only caught three passes for 27 yards in the two games combined.
He announced the suspension in a Twitter post on July 27, and said he intended to appeal it and felt his case had merit because he was using a fertility drug prescribed by a doctor.
The appeal was heard by a member of an independent appeals panel in New York last week.