By Annie Ross
Tom Brady is just postponing the inevitable.
New England Patriots QB Brady and the NFL Players Association were granted a 14-day extension yesterday to file for a rehearing in the latest chapter of the Deflategate saga.
Brady and the NFLPA now have until May 23 to file their en banc petition to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. A three-judge panel reinstated Brady’s four-game suspension on April 25, ruling that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was within his power to levy the punishment on the quarterback for an alleged role in intentionally deflating footballs prior to the AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts in January 2015.
Re-hearings, which take place in front of all 15 judges who comprise the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, are rare.