Deflategate resolution still up in the air
Tom Brady will miss the first four games of the upcoming National Football League schedule. Unless he doesn’t.
“Deflategate” has crept into a third National Football League season, and with the federal court’s rejection on Wednesday of the New England quarterback’s appeal of his suspension, it certainly appears that Brady will be sidelined into early October.
Brady still has the option of taking his case to the Supreme Court — one legal analyst called that nothing more than a “Hail Mary” — and getting the suspension for his role in the use of underinflated footballs in the 2014 AFC title game overturned or stayed. Given how aggressively Brady, the NFL Players Association and all the lawyers involved have pursued the case, trying to get the Supreme Court to hear it could be the next step.
Meanwhile, it’s up to the Patriots to figure out the best approach to opening the season at formidable Arizona before a homestand against Miami, Houston and Buffalo.
One thing for sure: supersecretive New England won’t be giving out any hints.
Among the Patriots’ biggest dilemmas is how to split reps and game time in the pre-season.
Tom Brady has the option of taking his case to the Supreme Court to get the suspension overturned or stayed.