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Brady's 4-game suspension upheld by Goodell

Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC Championship Game was upheld by commissioner Roger Goodell.

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Tom Brady’s 4-game suspension upheld. Will it matter? Patriots started 2-2 or worse in 3 of their 4 Super Bowl-winning seasons.

Ryan Clark: Win for Steelers, Le'Veon Bell

Even though the Steelers were prepared to play several games without the RB, Ryan Clark said: "When they lost him in the playoffs, they lost chances of winning the Super Bowl, so they know how important he is."


Pats equipped to handle distractions

Said Sal Paolantonio: "It is the mantra for Bill Belichick ... 'Do your job.' They have dealt with a lot of distractions before. ... They also are the masters of the art of contingency."


Not a lot of QBs in New England

The Patriots have used a league-low 2 different starting QBs since Tom Brady made his first career start (2001, Week 3). Matt Cassel started 15 games in 2008 after Brady tore his ACL in Week 1. In contrast, the Browns have used an NFL-high 19 different starting QBs since Brady made his first career start.

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Watch: Tom Brady suspension upheld

The NFL Live crew, including Adam Schefter, is breaking down what the 4-game suspension means for Brady and the Patriots. Live coverage on ESPN

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Polian: Steelers need Bell ASAP

ESPN's Bill Polian on Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's suspension being reduced from 3 games to 2: "He is the one cog that moves the Steelers' wheel after [Ben Roethlisberger]. ... The sooner they get him back on the field, the better."


Patriots lacking QB depth

Tom Brady is entering his 16th NFL season, while Jimmy Garoppolo and Matt Flynn have a total of 8 years experience and 384 career passes combined. Brady has the 6th-most pass attempts in NFL history with 7,168.

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Reiss: Wrinkles in Tom Brady's case

That Brady's 4-game suspension (for underinflated footballs, lack of cooperation) is the same as Greg Hardy's (for multiple personal conduct policy violations) highlights inconsistencies in the NFL, writes Mike Reiss. Surprising

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Deflategate timeline

This all began way, way back on Jan. 18. In the six months since the first accusations were revealed, there have been numerous updates -- and it's not over yet. How we got here

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Wild half-hour: • Tom Brady suspension upheld • Le’Veon Bell suspension reduced • Royals trade for Ben Zobrist • Mexico fires Miguel Herrera

Clark: It's about cooperation with NFL

Ryan Clark isn't surprised Tom Brady's suspension was upheld, especially with the NFL claiming Brady destroyed his cell phone.


Patriots get better as season goes on

Tom Brady's four-game suspension was upheld today -- but will it even matter? The Patriots started the season 2-2 or worse in three of their four Super Bowl winning seasons.

Bill Polian: Can't blame NFL

The former GM has no problem with how Deflategate has played out, at least on the league's end: "It's pretty hard to point the finger at the NFL. They went by the book." Live coverage on ESPN

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Brady’s 4-game susp is longest for active starting QB since Roethlisberger’s 4-game susp in 2010 (violating NFL’s personal conduct policy)

Mexico fires national soccer coach

Miguel Herrera is out of a job after he allegedly punched a reporter at the Philadelphia airport. Herrera led Mexico to a Gold Cup win and was the team's sixth coach since the 2010 World Cup. 'The correct' decision

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Tom Brady loses appeal of 4-game ban

Arbitrator Roger Goodell has ruled to uphold Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his role in the use of deflated footballs in the Patriots AFC Championship Game win over the Colts in January. Coverage on NFL Insiders on ESPN

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Brady's expected to challenge decision in federal court & seek injunction that’ll allow him to play while his case works through the courts.

Notable changed suspensions on appeal

  • 2015 Greg Hardy: 10 to 4 games
  • 2014 Ndamukong Suh: 1 to 0 games
  • 2014 Adrian Peterson: Indefinite to 6 games
  • 2014 Ray Rice: Indefinite to 10 games
  • 2010 Ben Roethlisberger: 6 to 4 games

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Quick hits about Tom Brady suspension

  • Can participate in training camp and preseason games
  • Will lose about $2M in salary
  • String of 13 consecutive season-opening starts for the Patriots will be snapped

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Games Tom Brady will miss

  • Week 1: Sept. 10 vs. Pittsburgh
  • Week 2: Sept. 20 at Buffalo
  • Week 3: Sept. 27 vs. Jacksonville
  • Week 5: Oct. 11 at Dallas
Patriots' full schedule

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Multiple SB-winning QBs match called off

Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger were scheduled to face off against each other in Week 1, but Brady's 4-game suspension has canceled that date. There have been four matchups in the last 25 years of starting QBs who had won multiple Super Bowls. (via Elias) Coverage on NFL Insiders on ESPN

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