Tom Brady says he won’t appeal four-game suspension

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in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado.

Tom Brady announced Friday that he will not appeal his four-game “Deflategate” suspension to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The decision comes after a federal appeals court in Manhattan rejected Tom Brady’s appeal of his  suspension on Wednesday.

In April, a three-judge panel ruled that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was operating within his powers when he suspended Brady for four games after his involvement in a ploy to doctor footballs used in a playoff game was revealed. The Patriots quarterback had asked for the full 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear the case.

The Patriots’ season opens on Sept. 11. Backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to take his place for the first four games, against the Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans and Buffalo Bills.

In 2015, Brady had a 102.2 quarterback rating, with 4,770 yards, 36 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. His 64.4 completion percentage was one of the best of his 15-year career.

Tom Brady announced his decision on Facebook:

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