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MacMullan: Brady needs to drop it and move on

Tom Brady has nothing to gain by taking his NFL suspension to court, and it's time for him to leave it behind before doing more damage.

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Tom Brady faces 'uphill battle'

ESPN's Roger Cossack: "The NFL is pretty darn sure of its position. They know there is going to be an appeal in court. They have very good lawyers on staff. They are in agreement they will win this."

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Not a lot of QBs in New England

The Patriots have used a league-low 2 different starting QBs since Tom Brady made his first career start (2001, Week 3). Matt Cassel started 15 games in 2008 after Brady tore his ACL in Week 1. In contrast, the Browns have used an NFL-high 19 different starting QBs since Brady made his first career start.

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With the news that Le'Veon Bell's suspension has been reduced to 2 games, he now takes over as the No. 1 overall player in ESPN's rankings, switching spots with Eddie Lacy. Top 300 ranks

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Munson: Tom Brady has no shot in court

Although the Patriots QB enjoys top-of-the-line legal representation and his lawyers will file a brilliantly written lawsuit, Tom Brady’s effort to stop the suspension is doomed, says ESPN legal analyst Lester Munson. Two reasons why

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Patriots' statement on Brady appeal

"We are extremely disappointed in today's ruling by Commissioner Goodell. We cannot comprehend the league's position in this matter. ... We continue to unequivocally believe in and support Tom Brady. We also believe that the laws of science continue to underscore the folly of this entire ordeal. Given all of this, it is incomprehensible as to why the league is attempting to destroy the reputation of one of its greatest players and representatives."

Games Tom Brady will miss

  • Week 1: Sept. 10 vs. Pittsburgh
  • Week 2: Sept. 20 at Buffalo
  • Week 3: Sept. 27 vs. Jacksonville
  • Week 5: Oct. 11 at Dallas
Patriots' full schedule

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Quick hits about Tom Brady suspension

  • Can participate in training camp and preseason games
  • Will lose about $2M in salary
  • String of 13 consecutive season-opening starts for the Patriots will be snapped

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Saints place 3 on PUP list before camp

The Saints placed safety Jairus Byrd, DT Glenn Foster and WR Marques Colston on the physically unable to perform list today. Second-year CB Brian Dixon was also placed on the non-football injury list as training camp starts Wednesday.

Hyde on non-football injury list

The 49ers put Carlos Hyde, expected to become the lead RB for San Francisco after Frank Gore left, will start training camp on the Active/Non-Football Injury List. Coach Jim Tomsula said Hyde's absence is "nothing serious" now, though it was believed to be a calf issue.

Michael Sam's CFL debut approaching

Montreal Alouettes coach Tom Higgins says the DE could play in any of the team's five games in August. Higgins said Sam "is getting so much closer to being able to play. He wants to go, and I think it's going to happen sooner than later."

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Patriots lacking QB depth

Tom Brady is entering his 16th NFL season, while Jimmy Garoppolo and Matt Flynn have a total of 8 years experience and 384 career passes combined. Brady has the 6th-most pass attempts in NFL history with 7,168.

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Brunell: Phone news 'damning' to Brady

In light of the NFL claiming the QB destroyed his cell phone, Mark Brunell said: "It's one thing to withhold your phone, not want to give up information. But to intentionally, deliberately destroy your phone that has relevant information? That is very damning."

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Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

Action filed by NFL in Manhattan court seeks to confirm suspension by arguing, as expected, that Brady is bound by agreed to CBA

Brady's agent: Appeal process 'a sham'

In a statement, Don Yee said, in part: Roger Goodell's decision "has no precedent in all of NFL history. His decision alters the competitive balance of the upcoming season. The decision is wrong and has no basis, and it diminishes the integrity of the game."

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NFL gets to court first

The NFL has already filed a suit in New York City to uphold Tom Brady's 4-game suspension, according to Bloomberg News. An NFLPA source told ESPN's Adam Schefter the filing is "no big deal."

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Dan Graziano @DanGrazianoESPN

Brady's agent: "The extent to which Tom opened up his private life to the Commissioner will become clear in the coming days."

Deflategate timeline

This all began way, way back on Jan. 18. In the six months since the first accusations were revealed, there have been numerous updates -- and it's not over yet. How we got here

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Pats equipped to handle distractions

Said Sal Paolantonio: "It is the mantra for Bill Belichick ... 'Do your job.' They have dealt with a lot of distractions before. ... They also are the masters of the art of contingency."

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Win for Steelers, Le'Veon Bell

Even though the Steelers were prepared to play several games without the RB, Ryan Clark said: "When they lost him in the playoffs, they lost chances of winning the Super Bowl, so they know how important he is."

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