Federal appeals court rejects Tom Brady's bid for Deflategate hearing

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady warms up before an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Kansas City Chiefs Saturday Jan. 16 2016 in Foxborough Mass

Tom Brady remains suspended for the first four games of the coming season

In just nine words, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Tom Brady's latest appeal in his Deflategate suspension. Unless Brady successfully appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court, he'll sit out the first four games of the 2016 season.

So if Brady is indeed suspended, he'll make his debut in week 5 against the Cleveland Browns, while Garoppolo gets to play against the Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans and Buffalo Bills.

May 11: Goodell suspends Brady four games, fines the Patriots $1 million and docks the team two draft choices.

"At this point, Tom Brady is down to his very last shot, and it's a longshot", Feldman said Wednesday on NFL HQ.

That left Brady hoping for a new hearing in front of the complete circuit — called "en banc" — or an even more unlikely hearing at the Supreme Court.

Brady and the players' union had asked for the full appeals court panel of judges to hear the case.

Tom Brady's request for a rehearing at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has been denied.

"Appellant, Michelle McGuirk, filed a petition for panel rehearing, or, in the alternative, for rehearing en banc", clerk Catherine O'Hagan Wolfe wrote Wednesday in the decision. It is now stretching into its third season, with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady scheduled to sit out the first four games of 2016. His four-game suspension handed down by the National Football League was overturned before the 2015 season, but then reinstated this year by an appeals court.

The recent decision significantly increases the probability that Brady will serve the four-game suspension.

Brady's first attempt at an appeal was denied by Roger Goodell. The then-defending Super Bowl champion Patriots were scheduled for the NFL's 2015 opening-night game, also on NBC, but suddenly the league's marquee player wouldn't be suiting up. Second, the Jets, unlike the Bills, do not get the direct advantage of playing the Patriots without Brady during the regular season.

Brady will be docked four-17ths of his $1 million base salary, or a total $235,294.

Brady's legal Hail Mary has failed.

August 18: On the eve of their court hearing, Brady and Goodell meet for four hours but can not agree on a settlement.

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