A federal judge is ruling in favor of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in his appeal of a four-game suspension over "deflategate." The judge in the case has nullified Brady's four-game suspension. The Players' Association filed a petition in court after the NFL denied Brady's initial appeal in late July.
The NFL isn't giving up its "deflategate" fight. Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league will appeal after a federal judge vacated the four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady today. Goodell says it's paramount to protect the integrity of the game and his office's responsibilities under the collective bargaining agreement. With the appeal, the league is asking the court to uphold the suspension for the time being.
Brady had been hit with a four-game ban for his presumed role in the use of underinflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game in January. New England went on to beat Seattle in the Super Bowl to claim its fourth Lombardi Trophy.
If Brady had lost his appeal, Jimmy Garoppolo was expected to start at quarterback when the Patriots open the season next Thursday at home against the Steelers. The Patriots were also hit with a million-dollar fine and docked two future draft picks. Owner Robert Kraft elected not to appeal those penalties.