NFL challenges report on Brady suspension

The NFL denies a decision to suspend Tom Brady has already been made.
The NFL denies a decision to suspend Tom Brady has already been made. –AP

The NFL says it hasn’t yet made any decision on suspending Tom Brady over Deflategate, contrary to a new report that says the four-time Super Bowl MVP is about to make the wrong kind of history.

New York Daily News NFL columnist Gary Myers reported Friday that Brady will be suspended by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the decision will be announced next week. Myers cited several unnamed sources who have “a good sense of what goes on’’ at the NFL’s headquarters.

But NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in an email to Boston.com Saturday that “no decisions have been made.’’

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“It is Gary Myers’ prediction,’’ Aiello wrote. “The headline is misleading.’’

That headline, which you can read here, is “Tom Brady will be suspended by Roger Goodell for role in DeflateGate, announcement expected next week.’’

The NFL’s statement that no decision has been made on possible punishments does not necessarily mean that no suspension is coming. Speculation on the duration of a possible punishment for Brady has been rampant since investigator Ted Wells’ report on the scandal was released Wednesday.

Goodell said Wednesday that the potential punishments were under consideration.

Citing sources with the Patriots, Mike Giardi of CSSNE.com reported Thursday the team is “fearful’’ of a suspension perhaps ranging from six to eight games.

“Everything is being studied, everything is being considered,’’ Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reported Thursday, citing an unnamed NFL source described as having knowledge of league disciplinary procedure. The Herald report did not suggest a minimum punishment, but noted that even a season-long ban was not off the table.

“It would be wrong to dismiss such an extended and seemingly improbable length of time as the ceiling for discipline,’’ Salguero wrote, citing his NFL source.

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