Looks like even Tom Brady can't beat the NFL. Brady is highly likely to sit the first four games of the season after the U.S. Federal Appeals Court denied Brady's request to overturn his suspension.
This comes after a year-and-a-half of legal battles between the New England Patriots star quarterback and Roger Goodell, the NFL Commissioner.
Brady will miss the first four games of the season: at Arizona, and three home games against Miami, Houston and Buffalo.
Third-year quarterback and former second-round pick Jimmy Garoppolo will fill in for Brady. Garoppolo has seen an increased amount of offseason snaps, but has never played a full NFL game.
Brady will return for Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns. Watch out Cleveland. Watch out, rest of the NFL. Tom Brady will still be angry. Tom Brady will be rested. That is bad news for the rest of the NFL.
Brady can take his case to the Supreme Court, but the chances of them hearing the case and overturning the suspension could be slim.
“We are disappointed with the decision denying a rehearing, as there were clear violations of our collective bargaining agreement by the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell,” the NFL Players Association said in a statement. “Despite today’s result, the track record of this League office when it comes to matters of player discipline is bad for our business and bad for our game. We have a broken system that must be fixed.”