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Tom Brady Freed! Suspension Dismissed

By on September 3, 2015 at 5:49pm

Tom Brady’s Deflategate suspension initially handed down by the NFL has been overturned by a Judge in federal court as reported by the Associated Press. It appears the “Free Brady” chants echoed all the way from New England down to a courtroom in New York. The Deflategate Saga has finally come to an end and Brady will be eligible for the week one match up next week against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium kicking of the NFL season on Thursday Night Football.

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News broke this morning that Tom Brady had won his appeal in Federal Court and his four game suspension was overturned. With that ruling by Judge Richard Berman, Brady is eligible to play in all 16 regular season games for New England and will not lose any game checks.

The news is fantastic for New England, a team with an opening stretch that includes trips to Buffalo and Dallas. The Patriots season kicks off next Thursday night in the league opening game, they will be facing the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The ruling does not necessarily mean that this unfortunate saga is over yet. The NFL could choose to appeal to a Second Circuit Court, at which point Brady could still play while a legal battle was being fought. The only requirement for Brady in that situation would be to get a court order stating he can play while the appeal is being heard, a tactic that would be easy given that he has already won.

Second year quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo would have been the starter had Brady been suspended. He will now continue his role as backup and potential successor to Brady. New England would’ve had to change their offense slightly if Garoppolo had been the starter. A second year quarterback who has never started could not be expected to have the mastery of New England’s playbook that Brady does. With Brady back, everything should be full go for September 10.

This decision should also provide some relief to coaches and teammates. They have been the ones having to answer the questions throughout the past seven months and although there will still be some questions, they will fade over the next few weeks and the players have positive news regarding the situation to discuss. The coaching staff also has more certainty while preparing for Pittsburgh.

Although this may not be the complete end to a PSI scandal in which a molehill was turned into Mount Everest, a major step towards ending it all was taken this morning. The ball (fully inflated, one would assume) is now in the NFL’s court. They have a choice: to appeal and continue the process or to finally put all of this to rest. Given how much pride resides in the league office, one can’t predict what Park Avenue will do.

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Patriots fullback James Develin has been placed on the injured reserve list with a season-ending leg injury. The fullback fractured his right leg, falling after catching a Jimmy Garoppolo pass in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s preseason victory over the Carolina Panthers. Develin underwent surgery in Charlotte after the game and has now made it back to Foxborough.

Coach Bill Belichick had this to say following his return: “Saw him yesterday; he’s doing well…I think he has a good attitude. It was good to see him back here.”

Develin, who is widely liked in the locker room and by New England fans, is likely to miss the entire season. When Patriots fans think of last year’s winning slogan “Do Your Job” they think of James Develin. Continue reading James Develin Out For Season with Broken Leg »

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Judge Richard Berman announced on Monday that the sides in the Brady v NFL lawsuit regarding the “Deflategate” scandal had not reached a settlement. This means that Berman will rule on the case, a decision that he said will come “tomorrow or the next day.”

Although no settlement was reached, Berman did say that he felt the sides had worked “quite hard” toward reaching one. If he upholds the suspension for Brady, the suspension will begin on Saturday, September 5. If he overturns the decision of the NFL, the suspension will be vacated. If he rules in the NFL’s favor, Brady could still appeal again and file for an injunction meaning he could play while that appeal is playing out.

Berman has been tough on the NFL in court, but that does not necessarily mean he will rule in Brady’s favor. The two sides had three negotiating sessions since August 1, but were unable to reach a deal.

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Tom Brady

Football season is here again and the Patriots are the defending champs. That means everyone is going to be looking to take a bite out of them as the season progresses to try to prove themselves. There was a lot of drama in the offseason for New England this year, most of it revolving around Tom Brady. There is, of course, the loss of Darrelle Revis and Vince Wilfork to cover. We’ll give you a rundown of the changes, or lack thereof, that were made and how that affects the Pats this season.

Brady’s Busy Offseason

Brady’s had a lot on his plate. Continue reading How Do the Defending Champs Fare This Coming Season? »

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The Patriots signed long-time Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne to a 1-year, $3M contract this week. Wayne, a 14-year veteran, was not resigned by the Colts and was sought after by the Patriots and the Green Bay Packers as injuries at the wide receiver position have plagued both teams heading into the season. The soon-to-be-37-year-old pass catcher will add depth at the position with Julian Edelman suffering from a lower leg injury, Brandon LaFell still unable to get on the field, and Aaron Dobson, Brian Tyms and Brandon Gibson all dealing with injuries of their own.

Last season, Wayne recorded 64 catches for 779 yards and 2 touchdowns. He played the last 12 games of the season with partially torn triceps, leading to a decrease in production. The injury, coupled with the emergence of T.Y. Hilton, played a roll in Wayne leaving Indy and landing in New England. Continue reading Reggie Wayne Signs $3 Million Contract with Patriots »

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Patriots starting offensive lineman Ryan Wendell practiced on Tuesday, a signal that he has been removed from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. Wendell, who is entering his eighth season, has experience starting at both guard and center.

Wendell entered in the NFL as an undrafted free agent and has played his entire career with the Patriots. He played on two AFC Champion teams and won Super Bowl XLIX with the team. With Wendell returning, the interior offensive line picture becomes more interesting.

Rookies Shaq Mason and Tre Jackson have gotten a lot of guard reps alongside starting center Bryan Stork and fill in David Andrews so far through camp and the preseason. Jackson looks primed to potentially start this season at one guard spot, which leaves the other spot to come down between Wendell and Mason. Mason is an excellent run blocker but has had trouble in pass protection, due in part to his limited experience in that area. Wendell is also a better run blocker than pass blocker, but has more experience protecting Tom Brady.

The Patriots will have a decision to make over the next two weeks, whether to go with Mason or Wendell as the final starting offensive lineman. In this writer’s view, Wendell looks to be the favorite if healthy. Mason could win the job and could end up being the better player, but Wendell has the experience edge and that makes a difference when the Patriots will already definitely be starting a second year player (Stork) and probably a rookie (Mason) as well. Health will be the key for Wendell, the more of an impact he can make through the rest of the preseason the better. Unlike last season, the Patriots look ready to enter the regular season with solid options along the inside of the offensive line.

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