By Max Marcilla
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season after his suspension for his role in “Deflategate” was reinstated by a U.S. Appeals court.
The Jets and Patriots won’t play until Week 12, so this suspension doesn’t drastically impact Gang Green, but it could impact the AFC East race. The 11-time pro bowl quarterback threw for 4,770 yards and 36 touchdowns in 2015 while leading the Patriots to their fifth consecutive AFC Championship.
The Patriots were also stripped of their first-round pick in Thursday’s NFL Draft as part of the penalty for Deflategate.
It’s important to note that Brady could take his legal battles to the Supreme Court. As Adam Schefter explained on ESPN’s SportsCenter.
“I think he can appeal it to the U.S. Supreme Court, if I’m not mistaken. I don’t know that it could or would get that far.”
For the time being, New England has to prepare for life without its franchise quarterback, who has started 112 consecutive regular season games. Backup Jimmy Garoppolo has completed 20-of-31 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown in two professional seasons.
The Brady-less Patriots will have to travel to Arizona in Week 1 before returning home to play the Dolphins, Texans, and Bills.