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Tom Brady | Quarterback

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (37) / 8/3/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 225
College: Michigan
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A decision on Tom Brady's appeal is not expected until mid- or late-July.
Article 46 of the CBA requires a decision to be issued "as soon as practicable." As we've seen before in cases like this, it's going to take a while. The post-hearing briefs in the appeal aren't even due until late next week, and then Roger Goodell will digest them. If Brady's camp isn't happy with the ruling, he'll then challenge the NFL in court. PFT suggests that path could lead to Brady being under center in Week 1 against the Steelers as the case gets tied up in the courts. Jun 25 - 8:15 AM
Source: Fox Sports

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A league source tells Profootballtalk.com that Tom Brady "simply reiterated his denial" regarding involvement in or knowledge of deflating footballs during Tuesday's appeal with commissioner Roger Goodell, and "the answers were regarded by some in the room as not entirely credible."

Reports following Brady's meeting with Goodell indicated Tom Terrific gave an "A+ performance," but it seems league officials disagree. Brady reportedly attacked the Wells Report and stated he "didn't do anything wrong." PFT's Mike Florio -- a former attorney -- believes it is "unlikely" that Goodell will "fully exonerate" Brady, and may opt to uphold his four-game suspension.
Jun 24 - 1:34 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Tom Brady was his own "greatest ally" in Tuesday's appeal hearing and gave an "A+ performance."

Per Schefter, Brady "offered explanations in all areas." Brady was present for the entirety of the marathon 10-11 hour session, and appears to have spent a good deal of time on the hot seat. It's unknown when commissioner Roger Goodell will reach a decision. It's extremely unlikely to come before the end of June.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 23 - 9:28 PM

Tom Brady's appeal hearing concluded after 10 hours on Tuesday, and there are "no further hearings scheduled."

Commissioner Roger Goodell has apparently heard all he needs to hear. Now the waiting game begins. The league isn't exactly known for its expedient decisions, so things could drag out until near the start of training camp. Brady's strategy at Tuesday's meeting is unknown. NFL Network reported that Brady's four-game ban would stand if he didn't change his tune from the Ted Wells report.
Jun 23 - 8:39 PM

A source tells NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that if Tom Brady says the same thing he did to Ted Wells, his four-game suspension will stand on appeal.

Brady's job at Tuesday's 9:30am appeal hearing is to convince Roger Goodell he isn't guilty. Proving the league's process is flawed won't help. One way to go down a different path than Brady did with Wells is to make his cell phone records available. Even if he does that, though, Goodell could very well deem it too late and deny the appeal. Brady will be testifying under oath.
Jun 23 - 8:58 AM

Ted Wells will be present for Tom Brady's appeal hearing on Tuesday.

It's quite notable, as the sides have been at war since Wells released his "Deflategate" report on May 6. Commissioner Roger Goodell has said he's open to "new information" in Brady's appeal, while Brady's camp will be allowed to question Wells on Tuesday. The proceedings will continue for a second day on Thursday if they aren't wrapped up on Day 1.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 22 - 1:56 PM

Commissioner Roger Goodell has declined to recuse himself from Tom Brady's appeal hearing.

"Because protecting the integrity of the game is the commissioner’s most important responsibility, I decline to rewrite our CBA to abrogate my authority and discretion to hear any appeal in a conduct detrimental proceeding," Goodell said. The NFLPA's request was always a long shot. Brady and Goodell will meet on June 23.
Jun 2 - 2:43 PM

The appeal of Tom Brady's suspension will be heard on June 23.

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the appeal hearing could even be pushed back further to June 25. In other words, we won't know the actual length of Brady's (for now, four-game) suspension for nearly another month. The Patriots decided against filing an appeal for the draft picks they lost and money they were fined by Roger Goodell, which may ultimately work in Brady's favor during his individual appeal. Still, the fact that it will be Goodell himself presiding over the appeal can't bode particularly well. In semi-related news, lots of fantasy magazines will be published this summer without a concrete timeline on Brady's ban.
May 29 - 8:15 PM

No date has been set in Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension.

The CBA states that a date for the appeal must be set within 10 days after the appeal is filed. That would be Wednesday, although both sides could agree to a delay. Meanwhile the NFLPA has asked Roger Goodell to recuse himself from hearing the appeal, but the commissioner will not because he considers hearing the case his responsibility. We may not know exactly how many games Brady will miss for another 2-3 weeks.
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 8:20 AM

The NFL has rejected the NFL Players Association's motion for Roger Goodell to recuse himself from Tom Brady's four-game suspension appeal.

The rejection may not bode well for Tom Terrific's chances of having his ban eliminated, unless of course the Patriots have a wink-nod agreement with Goodell, as has been rumored and/or speculated. We still tentatively expect Brady's suspension to be reduced, but probably not rescinded altogether.
May 22 - 4:10 PM

Contacted by Profootballtalk.com, the NFL office stated Friday that there is no date currently set for the appeal of Tom Brady's four-game suspension.

Although owner Bob Kraft backed down from the league, Brady isn't, and is pursuing a reduction of his ban. For selfish reasons (read: fantasy magazine deadline), our hope is there will be a resolution in Brady's case by early June.
May 22 - 2:35 PM

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell stated Wednesday that he is open to hearing any "new information" Tom Brady can offer in connection with his Deflategate suspension, prior to Brady's appeal.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport came away believing the "door seems very open" to a reduction of Brady's four-game ban. On Tuesday, owner Bob Kraft announced the Patriots would not appeal their $1 million fine and loss of draft picks, which led some observers to speculate the Pats might have a tacit agreement that the NFL would, in turn, back off on its discipline of Brady. Brady initially balked at providing the league with his cellphone and email. Perhaps the suspension will be reduced if he gives them those things now.
May 20 - 3:47 PM

A "high-ranking NFL source" tells Sports Illustrated's Greg A. Bedard that the Patriots' decision to forego an appeal of their Deflategate punishment does not include a tacit agreement that Tom Brady's suspension will be reduced.

Owner Robert Kraft is getting praised for having some sort of master plan, but it appears he's going more by gut feel. It stands to reason to any logical person that Tuesday's announcement will work in Brady's favor as he works to get his four-game ban reduced. It also remains possible Kraft and commissioner Roger Goodell reached a wink/nod agreement behind closed doors.
May 19 - 1:55 PM

The Patriots will not appeal their $1 million fine and loss of draft picks in the "Deflategate" scandal.

Owner Robert Kraft is waving the white flag on New England's 2016 first-rounder and 2017 fourth-rounder. Kraft says he's doing it for the greater good of the NFL, but perhaps he hopes it will curry favor in Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension. Kraft is correct that this absurd saga has drawn on for months too long. The Pats broke the rules, but it should have never been a federal case. Hopefully the Pats' surrender is a step toward downsizing the punishment-industrial complex that's enveloped the NFL over the past few seasons.
May 19 - 1:16 PM

Tom Brady hasn't missed any of the Patriots' voluntary workouts this offseason.

In the past, Brady has skipped these workouts in favor of training elsewhere. But with a four-game suspension looming, he wants to get as many reps in as possible, hoping to build a foundation with his teammates before handing the reigns over to Jimmy Garoppolo. The Patriots are hoping Brady's appeal will lead to a reduced punishment.
Source: ESPN.com
May 17 - 9:24 AM

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Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Jimmy Garoppolo
3Matt Flynn
RB1LeGarrette Blount
2Brandon Bolden
3Jonas Gray
4James White
5Travaris Cadet
GLB1LeGarrette Blount
2Jonas Gray
3RB1James White
2Brandon Bolden
FB1James Develin
WR11Julian Edelman
2Danny Amendola
3Brandon Gibson
4Brian Tyms
5Jonathan Krause
WR21Brandon LaFell
2Aaron Dobson
3Josh Boyce
4Matt Slater
5Chris Harper
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Michael Hoomanawanui
3Scott Chandler
4AJ Derby
5Jake Bequette
K1Stephen Gostkowski