BOSTON, Mass. -- Hey, even when you're Tom Brady, life can be hard. On Monday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the NFL can force the superstar quarterback to serve his four-game suspension over his role in Deflategate.
The ruling overturned a previous decision by a lower judge who had ruled in Brady's favor to avoid the suspension. Brady can still petition for a re-hearing or take his appeal to the Supreme Court, but both of those options are unlikely due to how costly and time-consuming both would be.
The NFL can carry out the full suspension or try to reach a settlement in an attempt to avoid further appeals but it looks like Brady & Company have already braced for the worst since Brady recently re-negotiated his contract to reduce how much money he'd lose during the suspension, bringing the total from over $2 million to just over $230,000.
The four teams happiest that the Brady situation got re-inflated? The Cardinals, Dolphins, Texans and Bills; those are the games Brady's scheduled to miss next season.
With back-up Jimmy Garoppolo having only thrown four passes in five games last season, the only thing that may be deflated now are the Pats’ title hopes.