According to the Associated Press, it looks like the New England Patriots will be without Tom Brady for the first four games of this season.
The AP is reporting that an appeals court in New York has ruled against Brady, meaning that he must serve his NFL-mandated four-game suspension at the beginning of this season.
Albert Breer of the NFL Network said on Twitter that Brady’s likely next step is to seek a stay or injunction, as well as a re-hearing before the full second circuit court, or an appeal to the Supreme Court.
However, another post from the NFL Network quoted Gabe Feldman, the director of Tulane Sports Law, as saying it was unlikely that Brady would be able to avoid this suspension.
NFL reporter Skip Bayless called the Brady suspension "outrageous" on ESPN
The Patriots have reported on the story on the team's official website.
No comment from Brady is available at this time.