Court of Appeals reinstates Brady's four-game suspension


Court of Appeals reinstates Brady's four-game suspension

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has reinstated Tom Brady’s Deflategate suspension, reversing last autumn's ruling that commissioner Roger Goodell overstepped his authority in handing down punishment on the Patriots quarterback.

"Our review of the record," the Second Circuit ruled, "yields the firm conclusion that the Commissioner properly exercised his broad discretion to resolve an intramural controversy between the League and a player."

The decision points out that the court's power is "very limited" in reviewing an arbitration award. "We are therefore not authorized to review the arbitrator's decision on the merits despite allegations that the decision rests on factual errors or misinterprets the parties' agreement," the ruling states, "but inquire only as to whether the arbitrator acted within the scope of his authority as defined by the collective bargaining agreement."

The Second Circuit explained in its decision that the ruling handed down by judge Richard Berman, which erased Brady's four-game suspension last year, should not have considered the appropriateness of the punishment handed down. Instead it focused on Article 46 of the league's collective bargaining agreement, which provides the commissioner broad power to punish players.

"In short," the Second Circuit wrote, "it is not our task to decide how we would have conducted the arbitration proceedings, or how we would have resolved the dispute."

More to come . . . 

Reports: Patriots among NFL teams taking a look at Manziel

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Reports: Patriots among NFL teams taking a look at Manziel

Johnny Manziel said 10 days ago, "I'd go to New England in a heartbeat," when asked about the Patriots as a potential landing spot.

That seemed like wishful thinking at the time, but they're taking a look at him...along with 12 other NFL teams, according to ESPN's Eric Williams. 

Tom Brady's current backup Brian Hoyer is, like Manziel, an ex-Cleveland Browns quarterback. Manziel would again be competing with Hoyer for the Pats' No. 2 job should New England take a chance on "Johnny Football", the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M, who's been out of football the past two years because of substance abuse and emotional problems.

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman had it at 12 teams watching Manziel work out at the University of San Diego and said the Patriots gave Manziel a weigh-in.


Report: Patriots keep OT LaAdrian Waddle with one-year deal

Report: Patriots keep OT LaAdrian Waddle with one-year deal

The Patriots have agreed to a one-year deal to retain offensive lineman LaAdrian Waddle, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. 

Waddle could potentially take over at left tackle for Nate Solder, who signed with the New York Giants.

Waddle, who, along with another ex-Pats offensive tackle, Cameron Fleming, made a free-agent visit last weekend to the Dallas Cowboys, turns 27 in July and was signed from the Detroit Lions in 2016 and appeared in 12 games last season, starting four. 

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