De­flate­gate res­o­lu­tion still up in the air

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - BARRY WILNER

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.

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Tom Brady has the op­tion of tak­ing his case to the Supreme Court to get the sus­pen­sion over­turned or stayed.

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