The hearing will begin as early as Feb. 1 with a decision handed down at most several weeks later. Given that timeline, Brady would not be forced to serve a suspension until the 2016 season if the NFL wins its appeal.
The NFL filed its request late last week to have the case heard sooner by a federal appeals judge.
The league is seeking to overturn U.S. District Judge Richard Berman’s ruling that nullified Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in the Deflategate scandal.
Berman’s initial ruling allowed Brady to start the Patriots’ season opener. He has led New England to a 3–0 record thus far this season while passing for 1,112 yards and nine touchdowns.
- Dan Gartland