Suspended Giants wide receiver Golden Tate in concussion protocol

Suspended Giants wide receiver Golden Tate in concussion protocol

Golden Tate is in concussion protocol.

The Giants receiver sat out of practice Sunday after the team made the announcement. Defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson was also excused from practice for personal reasons.

Tate has been suspended the first four games of the regular season after he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs, but still is allowed to practice with the team.

He said he was told by his doctor he was allowed to take a fertility drug that didn’t have any banned substances in it, but once he realized the drug did contain a banned PED, he reported himself.

“This past April, during the off-season, my wife and I decided to see a specialist for fertility planning,” Tate said in a statement last month. “I started the treatment prescribed to me and just days later I discovered it contained an ingredient that is on the league’s banned substance list. I immediately discontinued use, I reported the situation to the Independent Administrator of the NFL Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances, and I spoke with my coaches and general manager.”

Despite appealing the suspension, the NFL ruled he would have to serve the four-game ban.

The Giants did get a break with wideout Sterling Shepard, who was able to fully practice Sunday and participate in full contract drills after he fractured his thumb at the beginning of the summer.