Tom Brady's four game Delfategate suspension has been reinstated by the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals, striking the latest blow in the 16 month legal battle between the NFL and one of its biggest stars.
US Appeals court reinstates New England Patriots' Tom Brady's suspension over 'deflategate', per Reuters.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 25, 2016
This may not be the final twist in the story; Brady may yet continue the appeal process, but as of now this three judge ruling will leave the Patriots without their starting quarterback for the first quarter of the season. This will likely see Jimmy Garoppolo lead New England out against a talented Arizona Cardinals squad in the season opener, and feature in two divisional games.
Patriots first four opponents in 2016:— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 25, 2016
Week 1: Cardinals
Week 2: Dolphins
Week 3: Texans
Week 4: Bills
At first glance, it might seem a disadvantage for the Jets to be the only AFC East team that could face Tom Brady twice this season, but this suspension could well throw the division crown into contention.
The first six games of the year will be tough for New York, but if the team can get off to a strong start the Jets might well have a chance at hosting a playoff game for the first time since January 2003.