Does Brady have a chance of overturning suspension?

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady watches from the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, in Foxborough, Mass. Houston coach Bill O’Brien will face his mentor Bill Belichick for the first time when the Texans host the Patriots on Sunday night. The Texans need to bounce back from last week’s loss to the Bills to keep pace in the AFC South and the Patriots are looking to snap a two-game skid.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A federal appeals court reinstated New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s 4-game “deflategate” suspension. Monday’s ruling overturns a lower court’s decision to vacate Brady’s suspension last season.

The decision has nothing to do with whether Brady’s footballs were under-inflated, rather if NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was within his rights to suspend Brady. Brady has 14-days to appeal.

Attorney Stephen Spelman told 22News, “Having lost at the appeals court, it will be a tough road for him at a rehearing. He’s got a shot, but Goodell’s power is very broad as the arbitrator under the collective bargaining agreement.”

Brady could also appeal the decision to the entire panel of 21 judges in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, or even the U.S. Supreme Court. Spelman said appeals to the entire panel are usually cases of extraordinary importance. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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