PatriotsJulian Edelman uses Instagram post to apologize to supporters

Julian Edelman uses Instagram post to apologize to supporters

Julian Edelman apologized to those affected by his four-game suspension.
Julian Edelman apologized to those affected by his four-game suspension. –John Tlumacki / Globe Staff

A day after telling reporters he’s “definitely accountable” for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, Julian Edelman took to social media to apologize to those he affected.

The Patriots wide receiver, who missed all of last season with a torn ACL, is suspended for the first four games of this year. He has elected not to share what substance led to the positive test, but he acknowledged he can’t make the same mistake again, according to a report.

On Saturday, Edelman said, “It’s disappointing with the penalty and the findings.” The following day, in an Instagram post, he expressed his regret once more.

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“My deepest apologies to my family, friends, peers, coaches and fans,” he wrote. “What I can say, and what I am most thankful for, is the overwhelming support I have received from everyone.”

He thanked Patriots fans for having his back in what has been a difficult stretch, and he closed by saying that “tough times don’t last, tough people do.”

Edelman also stood by trainer Alex Guerrero on Saturday, noting: “What’s in the past is in the past.”