Tom Brady suspended: List of NFL suspensions over past three seasons

Monday May 11th, 2015

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was suspended by the NFL on Monday for the first four games of the upcoming NFL season for his involvement in the Deflategate scandal.

In the report released last Wednesday, independent investigator Ted Wells found that "it is more probable than not that New England Patriots personnel participated in violations of the Playing Rules and were involved in a deliberate effort to circumvent the rules" and that Brady "was at least generally aware of... the release of air from Patriots game balls​" during the AFC Championship Game victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

Brady has the right to appeal his suspension, and his agent has already said he will, but barring a reduced suspension, he will miss games against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars and Dallas Cowboys.

Below is a list of players who have been suspended by the NFL for the past three seasons for violations of the league's player conduct policies, including the personal conduct policy. It does not include players suspended for violating the NFL's drug policies.

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Player

Team

Length of suspension

why?

Ray Rice

Baltimore Ravens

Indefinite*

Violation of personal conduct policy (domestic violence incident)

Greg Hardy

Dallas Cowboys

10 games

Violation of personal conduct policy (domestic abuse charge)

Josh Brent

Dallas Cowboys

10 games

Violation of personal conduct policy (manslaughter conviction)

Tom Brady

New England Patriots

4 games

Violation of integrity of the game policy

Brandon Meriweather

Washington Redskins

2 games

Violation of player safety policy

Brandon Meriweather

Washington Redskins

2 games, reduced to one

Violation of player safety policy

Joe Mays

Denver Broncos

1 game

Violation of player safety policy

Dashon Goldson

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1 game

Violation of player safety policy

Erik Walden

Indianapolis Colts

1 game

Headbutting Delanie Walker

Antonio Smith

Houston Texans

1 game

Removing helmet of Dolphins G Richie Incognito

Dominic Raiola

Detroit Lions

1 game

Stomping on leg of Bears DT Ego Ferguson

Dashon Goldson

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1 game, reduced to zero games

Violation of player safety policy

Ndamukong Suh

Detroit Lions

1 game, reduced to fine

Stepping on leg of Packers QB Aaron Rodgers

*Rice was initially suspended for two games, but after video evidence was leaked to the public, Rice was cut by the Ravens, and then suspended indefinitely. In November 2014, he was reinstated, and became an NFL free agent. He has not signed with a team since the ruling.

[Data collected from spotrac]

ESPN also compared the $1 million fine the Patriots received to the biggest team fines in NFL history.

 

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