Appeals arguments in Tom Brady penalty appeal set for March

The Herd: Tom Brady Dodges Deflategate Questions


NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court has set a March date for oral arguments in the NFL's appeal of a ruling lifting New England quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension in the "Deflategate" controversy.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan noted the March 3 argument date in the court record Monday. The date occurring weeks after the next Super Bowl ensures no ruling will occur until well after the end of this season.

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The controversy emerged last January after a league investigation claimed there was a conspiracy to deflate footballs before New England crushed the Indianapolis Colts in last season's AFC championship game.

The league's four-game suspension of Brady was lifted by a Manhattan federal court judge a week before this season began.

The Patriots (9-0) are undefeated entering Monday night's game against Buffalo.

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