Schefter: Bad two years for the NFL
Adam Schefter on SportsCenter: "From the league office perspective, last year went as bad as it could. This season is about to kick off and this is a damning decision. This is a slap in the face of the NFL."
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- Jan. 18: Allegations begin with AFC Championship Game
- May 6: Wells report finds "more probable than not" that Patriots personnel deliberately deflated footballs
- May 11: Brady suspended 4 games, Pats fined $1 million and docked 2 draft picks
- July 28: Brady suspension upheld by NFL
- Today: Judge Berman nullifies Brady suspension
Schefter: Expect NFL to appeal ruling
Tom Brady can suit up for his team's season opener after a judge erased his four-game suspension for Deflategate. But as Adam Schefter explains on SportsCenter, expect the NFL to appeal the ruling in the second circuit. Live coverage on ESPN
How having Tom Brady impacts Patriots
No surprise: New England's chances in each of its first four games are better with Brady than without him, according to ESPN's NFL Football Power Index.
Judge overturns Tom Brady's suspension
The Patriots' season opener is one week away -- and Brady will be available at QB after his four-game ban for Deflategate was nullified today. Story
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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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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.
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
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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Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer
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."