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Blake Griffin @blakegriffin32

Great day for Tom Brady but I feel really bad for that Dom Grady guy that was gonna start in his place. Stay ready, Dom. Be a professional.

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."


Kevin Negandhi @KNegandhiESPN

While it's a hit to the NFL process, the league still gets Brady starting on opening night vs the Steelers. A ratings bonanza.

Deflategate timeline

  • 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

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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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Jane McManus @janesports

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

Jane McManus @janesports

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

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

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."


ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

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)

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."

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