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Sources: Tom Brady's Appeal Won't Be Heard by Deadline

Two people familiar with the situation tell The Associated Press that Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal won't be heard by Wednesday's 10-day deadline.

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    Sources: Tom Brady's Appeal Won't Be Heard by Deadline
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    The NFL sanctioned New England Patriots quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady for his role in a AFC Championship cheating scandal that found game balls were intentionally under-inflated below game regulations, making them easier to throw. Unless he appeals, Brady will miss the first four games of the season. The Patriots were fined $1 million and two draft picks.

     Two people familiar with the situation tell The Associated Press that Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal won't be heard by Wednesday's 10-day deadline.

    Both sources spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because no date for the appeal has been set. The collective bargaining agreement calls for it to be heard within 10 days. However, the league and the players' union can agree on delaying the hearing. The two sides don't agree on much else.

    The union asked Commissioner Roger Goodell to recuse himself from hearing the appeal because it said he lacked impartiality and he would be called as a witness.

    Goodell will not withdraw from what he considers his responsibility of hearing the appeal, according to several people with knowledge of the decision.

    Troy Vincent, the league's executive vice president of football operations, handed down the suspension to three-time Super Bowl MVP Brady, one of the sport's biggest stars. Vincent also fined the Patriots $1 million and stripped them of a first-round draft pick next year and a fourth-rounder in 2017.

    Patriots owner Robert Kraft said last week he will not appeal the team's penalties.

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