In what appears to be the final conclusion on Deflategate, Tom Brady’s four game suspension has officially been reinstated by the U.S. Court Of Appeals. They released a statement, reversing a previous judge’s decision to throw out Brady’s ban, allowing him to play in all of 2015. Now, Brady will sit out the first month of 2016.
— ABC News (@ABC) April 25, 2016
Remember, Appeals courts don’t fact find and judge whether Brady is truly guilty. As the statement indicates, it is only to review if Roger Goodell had the authority to issue the suspension.
Assuming the case doesn’t go to the Supreme Court, Brady will miss the first four weeks of the season. Of course, he’ll still face the Pittsburgh Steelers this year in Week Seven. His suspension was put on hold last year, allowing him to play – and beat Pittsburgh – in the season opener.