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Brady wins appeal, 4-game suspension lifted

Tom Brady has beaten the NFL in the Deflategate court case, with U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman nullifying the league's four-game suspension Thursday.

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NFL 25 Under 25 Rankings: Khalil Mack is No. 1

Oakland linebacker Khalil Mack leads Mel Kiper Jr.'s and Mike Sando's annual list of the NFL's top 25 players under the age of 25. Where does second-year stud Odell Beckham Jr. fall on the list?

Peyton explains the real reason he wears a glove on his throwing hand (1:17)
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J.J. Watt is football's real-life action hero

Defensive linemen normally don't make TV cameos, appear in movies or get their own commercials. Except now, there's Watt -- selected as the best player in the NFL and the league's biggest reality TV star.

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Why an undefeated preseason matters for the Chiefs

Kansas City is 3-0 this preseason heading into Thursday night's game at St. Louis. Teams that finish the preseason without a loss generally don't fare much better than those that go winless. But the Chiefs are a different matter.

Cam's little bro following in his shoes (0:19)
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#NFLRANK: The top 100 players

Who is the best player in the NFL: J.J. Watt or Aaron Rodgers? Our 70-plus voters settled that and plenty of other debates in this year's ranking of the top 100 players.


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In decision, Judge Berman refers to Wells report as an "independent" investigation. With quotes. Ouch.

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In decision, Judge Berman hammers phrase "generally aware." Said he had "some difficulty understanding the meaning" of the NFL's term.

Tom Brady suspension nullified

The Patriots QB won't have to serve a four-game suspension for Deflategate. For reaction to the judge's ruling, tune into SportsCenter. "The power of the commissioner has been undone, at least for now," says Bob Ley. Live on ESPN

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And NBC thanks Judge Berman for ratings spike he just gave NFL regular-season opener one week from tonight, when Tom Brady's under center.

Tom Brady has Steelers' number

With his four-game suspension being oveturned, Brady can play against the Steelers in Week 1. Pittsburgh may not be rejoicing with this news though: Since first tracked in 2006, no QB has a higher Total QBR against the Steelers than Brady's 87.5.

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Recent suspensions changed on appeal

Tom Brady's case is the NFL's fifth suspension reversal in the last year. The four others:

  • Ray Rice: Indefinite suspension lifted
  • Adrian Peterson: Indefinite suspension lifted
  • Ndamukong Suh: 1 game to zero games
  • Greg Hardy: 10 games to 4 games

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With Tom Brady at QB, Patriots favored

According to ESPN's NFL FPI, the Patriots are now favored in each of their first four games:

  • Week 1 vs. Steelers: 67%
  • Week 2 at Bills: 60%
  • Week 3 vs. Jaguars: 85%
  • Week 5 at Cowboys: 52%

Pats feeling 'vindicated' with decision

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss: "There is a feeling within the organization that justice has been served today."


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Patriots open up against the Steelers. Since 1st tracked in 2006, no QB has a higher Total QBR vs Steelers than Tom Brady (87.5)

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A federal court vacated Tom Brady's four-game suspension Thursday, allowing him to play Week 2 when the Bills host the Patriots at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Brady has a 23-3 career record against the Bills.

Will latest overturned ban bring change?

With four other recent overturned suspensions under Roger Goodell's reign, an NFLPA source told ESPN's Ed Werder: "Hopefully the owners will engage us in a process for meaningful change."

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Schefter's top takeaways regarding Brady

Adam Schefter explains what the overturning of the suspension means: "Tom Brady is now going to be allowed to play the first four games. No. 2, the NFL is going to come under heavy criticism."


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228 days after the AFC Title game. 7 days before the season opener. Tom Brady finally gets some semblance of peace.

100+ NFL players surveyed on Deflategate

Before a judge overturned Tom Brady's suspension, players offered their own opinions:

  • 72%: The Patriots deflated the footballs
  • 16%: "Upset" by it
  • 68%: Other teams tamper with footballs
And should Brady have been suspended?

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Judge deems NFL's process unfair to Brady

ESPN legal analyst Roger Cossack explains why he thinks Judge Berman made his ruling: "I think that basically what this judge has said is, in agreeing with the union, you know, this wasn't fair."


Mike Sando, ESPN.com @SandoESPN

Whether or not Brady did what was alleged, punishment was so over the top, in my view, that it said more about league than it said about TB.

Brandt: A 'major rebuke' of Roger Goodell

ESPN's Andrew Brandt explains why the NFL is facing the ultimate "be careful what you wish for" moment.