Giants WR Tate loses appeal; will be suspended fertility drug use

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New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate has lost an appeal to overturn suspension for a violation of the NFL's policy on performance enhancers.

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, announced the suspension in a Twitter post on July 27. He 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.

Tate will be eligible to practice with the team until the start of the regular season.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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