Tom Brady's Four-Game Deflategate Supension Has Been Reinstated

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Thanks to a federal appeals court ruling, it appears that Tom Brady will have to sit out the first four games of the upcoming NFL season. USA Today Sports via Reuters

Last year, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Tom Brady for the first four games of the season for his supposed role in the Deflategate controversy. Brady appealed, and in September a federal judge ruled in favor of the New England Patriots quarterback, who went on to enjoy one of his most successful regular seasons behind center.

But the NFL appealed that judge's ruling, and on Monday morning a federal appeals court ruled to reinstate the four-game suspension.

"We hold that the Commissioner properly exercised his broad discretion under the collective bargaining agreement and that his procedural rulings were properly grounded in that agreement and did not deprive Brady of fundamental fairness," a three-judge panel on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

God only knows when this controversy—which followed the 2015 AFC Championship Game, well over a year ago—will actually come to an end. For now, though, the NFL has the last laugh. Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to start for the Patriots while Brady serves his suspension.