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Patriots TE Benjamin Watson Facing A 4-Game NFL Suspension

A New England Patriots helmet sitting on the bench.

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 24: A New England Patriots helmet during the first half of the game between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Benjamin Watson's hopes of enjoying a 16th NFL season have taken a pretty big hit. The 38-year-old tight end is now facing a loss of significant playing time.

According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, Watson has revealed that he is facing a four-game suspension for a failed drug test in March. Watson is preparing for his second stint with the Patriots after spending the 2018 season with the New Orleans Saints.

The Patriots drafted Watson in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft, and played six seasons in New England. He became a free agent in 2010 and spent the next eight seasons with the Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints, and Baltimore Ravens.

He retired after the 2018 season, but unretired when presented with a chance to rejoin the team that drafted him.

It remains to be seen what kind of leeway the 38-year-old Watson will have with head coach Bill Belichick considering the team's limited depth at tight end.

His potential absence will certainly provide opportunities for fellow tight ends Matt LaCosse and Austin Sefarian-Jenkins.

Interestingly, the last two Patriots players to receive multi-game suspensions - Tom Brady and Julian Edelman - both finished the season as Super Bowl MVPs. Could that odd trend continue in 2019?