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Roger Goodell Won't Attend NFL Opening Night In Foxboro

Sep 3, 2015 2:51 PM

Roger Goodell will not attend Thursday's NFL opener in Foxboro between the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Goodell will attend another game during opening weekend.

Goodell reportedly believes the focus should be on the game instead of the ongoing Deflategate controversy.

Mike Garafolo/FoxSports

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NFL Will Appeal Ruling On Tom Brady's Suspension

Sep 3, 2015 12:49 PM

The NFL will appeal the ruling from Judge Richard Berman nullifying the suspension of Tom Brady.

"We are grateful to Judge Berman for hearing this matter, but respectfully disagree with today's decision. We will appeal today's ruling in order to uphold the collectively bargained responsibility to protect the integrity of the game," Goodell wrote. "The commissioner's responsibility to secure the competitive fairness of our game is a paramount principle, and the league and our 32 clubs will continue to pursue a path to that end. While the legal phase of this process continues, we look forward to focusing on football and the opening of the regular season."


The NFL is unlikely to seek an injunction to keep Brady off the field under any appeal.

The NFLPA released the following statement:

"The rights of Tom Brady and of all NFL players under the collective bargaining agreement were affirmed today by a Federal Judge in a court of the NFL's choosing. We thank Judge Berman for his time, careful consideration of the issue and fair and just result.

"This decision should prove, once and for all, that our Collective Bargaining Agreement does not grant this Commissioner the authority to be unfair, arbitrary and misleading. While the CBA grants the person who occupies the position of Commissioner the ability to judiciously and fairly exercise the designated power of that position, the union did not agree to attempts to unfairly, illegally exercise that power, contrary to what the NFL has repeatedly and wrongfully claimed.

"We are happy for the victory of the rule of law for our players and our fans. This court's decision to overturn the NFL Commissioner again should signal to every NFL owner that collective bargaining is better than legal losses. Collective bargaining is a much better process that will lead to far better results."

Conor Orr/

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Tom Brady's Four-Game Suspension Nullified

Sep 3, 2015 10:34 AM

Judge Richard Berman has nullified the NFL's four-game suspension for Tom Brady.

Berman announced his decision after the sides failed to reach a settlement following several weeks of talks.

Brady's suspension originally was upheld by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in July after an appeal.


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Jimmy Garoppolo Preparing To Start In Week 1 For Patriots

Sep 2, 2015 1:26 PM

Jimmy Garoppolo is preparing to start in Week 1 for the New England Patriots with Tom Brady's suspension decision waiting in the balance.

“Whether I’m the starter, backup, whatever that may be, I’m preparing like the starter, and I’ve got to be ready for Week 1,” Garoppolo said.


Garoppolo claimed his meticulous preparation has been a constant, dating all the way back to OTAs.

“You’ve got to come into this whether you’re a starter or a backup, you’ve got to have a starter’s mentality, Garoppolo said. “You never know when your number is going to get called.”

Garoppolo has endured an up-and-down preseason.

In the first game against the Packers, he seemed to hold the ball too long in the pocket and was sacked seven times in a 22-11 loss. But last week, he was sharp in leading the Patriots to a 17-16 victory against the Panthers and posted a passer rating of 116.3 in a comeback win.

Chris Mason/Boston Herald

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Belichick Praises Work Of Michael Lombardi With Patriots

Sep 2, 2015 1:13 PM

Michael Lombardi had become a successful member of the media industry after leaving the Oakland Raiders, which he gave up to become general manager of the Cleveland Browns in 2013.

Lombardi last just one season with the Browns and then was hired by old confidant Bill Belichick with the New England Patriots. Lombardi's title is assistant to the coaching staff and the role is reportedly best described as Belichick's "right-hand man."

Lombardi attends nearly every practice and his opinion is sought by Belichick in multiple areas.

"I've asked Mike to do some things on an individual [basis] -- projects or things that I've asked him to do -- and he's done a great job of that for me," Belichick said. "Mike has been a big help to me personally."

Mike Reiss/ESPN

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Brady Was Open To One-Game Suspension, NFL Would Have Accepted Two

Aug 31, 2015 9:29 PM

Tom Brady was believed to be "open" to serving a one-game suspension for not cooperating with Ted Wells' investigation as part of a potential settlement.

Talks never got far as settlement talks broke down on Monday and Judge Richard Berman informed both sides they were too far apart to continue.

Brady maintained his position that he would not accept the findings of the Wells Report and was unwilling to accept responsibility for his potential role in the deflation of footballs.

The NFL appeared set to offer to shorten Brady's four-game suspension by two games, provided he accept some responsibility.

Ian Rapoport/

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Tom Brady, NFL Unable To Reach Settlement

Aug 31, 2015 11:40 AM

The NFL and Tom Brady were unable to reach a settlement, which means Judge Richard Berman will make a decision on his four-game suspension.

“We did not reach a settlement. The parties tried quite hard I think,” Berman said, via Stephen Brown of the New York Daily News. “In some case [a settlement] doesn’t happen. This is one of those cases.”

A ruling likely will come on Tuesday or Wednesday as both sides have asked Berman to decide by Sept. 4.

Berman could uphold the suspension, reduce or eliminate the suspension or rule for another appeal heard by someone other than Roger Goodell.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

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Reggie Wayne Agrees To One-Year Deal With Patriots

Aug 24, 2015 1:15 PM

Reggie Wayne and the New England Patriots have agreed upon a one-year deal.

Wayne was a free agent after spending his entire career with the Indianapolis Colts.

Wayne also received interest from the Green Bay Packers.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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Packers, Patriots Interested In Reggie Wayne

Aug 24, 2015 10:20 AM

The Green Bay Packers are interested in signing Reggie Wayne.

Wayne was taking a physical for the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Wayne is a free agent after spending his entire career with the Indianapolis Colts.


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Colts Sweep For Bugs In Visitor Locker Room Of Gillette Stadium

Aug 21, 2015 1:07 PM

The Indianapolis Colts sweep for eavesdropping bugs when they play the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

Tony Dungy said Peyton Manning would refuse to discuss certain parts of the Colts' strategy in the visiting locker room due to those fears.

The Colts had an atrocious record against the Patriots throughout Manning's tenure.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

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Judge To Rule On Sept. 4 If No Deflategate Settlement Reached
Judge Richard Berman has scheduled a hearing for Aug. 31st that both Tom Brady and Roger Goodell must attend.

Nate Raymond/Reuters

Tom Brady Willing To Accept Ban For Failing To Cooperate
Tom Brady is seeking to overturn the suspension for his role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game.


Tom Brady, NFL At Stalemate In Settlement Talks
Tom Brady has rejoined the Patriots for practice on Wednesday.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Patriots Acquire Asante Cleveland From 49ers
The 49ers had extra depth at tight end.

Matt Maiocco/Comcast

Brady Apologizes To Peyton For Comments In Email
Tom Brady apologized to Peyton Manning for questioning in an email how long his rival can continue playing.

Jeff Legwold/ESPN

Bears Acquire Matthew Wells From Pats For Ryan Groy
Linebacker Matthew Wells was drafted in the sixth round by the Patriots in the 2015 NFL draft.

Press Release

Judge Urges NFL, Union, Brady To Settle
Judge Richard Berman has ordered the sides to have "further good faith settlement efforts."

Patriots To Release Matt Flynn, Sign Ryan Lindley
Ryan Lindley, a sixth-round draft pick in 2012, started Arizona's playoff loss last season to the Panthers.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Brady Never Warned About Punishment For Not Handing Over Phone
Tom Brady denied under oath to Roger Goodell that he tampered with footballs before the AFC title game.


Patriots Pay Rob Gronkowski $6M Of $10M 2016 Option Bonus
The Patriots have until the end of the 2015 league year to decide whether to officially exercise that team option on Rob Gronkowski.

Jeff Howe/Boston Herald

Tom Brady, NFL Set For Aug. 12 Settlement Talks
Settlement talks between Tom Brady and the NFL are set for Aug. 12.

Gregg Rosenthal/

Mike Kensil 'Main Source' Of ESPN's Incorrect Deflategate Report
Mike Kensil is the NFL's Vice President of Game Operations and was the driving force behind the investigation.

Tom E. Curran/Comcast

Chris Mortensen To Finally Address Erroneous Initial Deflategate Story
At a minimum, the NFL failed to dispute or to correct the erroneous report, with the Patriots not knowing the true reading until late March.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Judge Rules Tom Brady's Suit Moved To New York
The players association filed the suit in Minnesota where they had won previous litigation against the NFL.

Kevin Patra/

Brady: Phone Controversy Manufactured As Distraction
Tom Brady said he has "never written, texted, emailed to anybody at anytime, anything related to football air pressure before this issue was raised at the AFC Championship game in January."


Brady Offered NFL Every Individual He Communicated With On Phone
The NFL refused to attempt to track down the people Tom Brady communicated with.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Robert Kraft Calls NFL's Brady Decision 'Unfathomable'
Robert Kraft said he was wrong to put his faith in the NFL.

RealGM Staff Report

Tom Brady Offered Reduced Suspension If He Admitted Guilt, Apologize
The NFL offered to reduce Tom Brady's suspension to two games and possibly one.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Brady, NFL Were Moving Towards One-Game Suspension Settlement
Tom Brady reportedly wanted the records sealed as part of the deal.

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Brady's Agent: The Appeal Process Was A Sham
Tom Brady's agent and attorney, Don Yee, released a statement in response to the NFL upholding his four-game suspension.

RealGM Staff Report

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