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Goodell: “There is no timeline” on Brady’s appeal

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell won’t commit to a date by which he will decide on the appeal of Tom Brady’s four-game Deflategate suspension.

Goodell said today that the decision on Brady’s appeal will take as long as it takes.

There is no timeline. We want to make sure we have a fair and open process,” Goodell told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

At some point, Goodell needs to make up his mind. The AFC Championship Game in which Brady is accused of playing with deflated footballs was six months ago. Brady’s appeal hearing was four weeks ago. The league’s own rules say an appeal decision is supposed to come “as soon as practicable.” What is the holdup?

“We are focused on it,” Goodell said. “We are obviously being very thorough and want to make sure we consider all aspects of his appeal. We will make a decision as quickly as possible.”

There’s no word on how soon “as quickly as possible” is.