According to Cole, the specific number of games the Patriots could be without Brady remains unknown at this point in time. However, Cole’s sources have mentioned that Brady is likely to receive a “heavy suspension” somewhere between 4-8 games from the NFL for his role in Deflategate.
Brady is widely expected to appeal any suspension handed down from the league, which leads Cole to believe Brady will end up serving two to three games when all is said and done.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is reportedly trying to use this incident to make it clear around the league that this type of incident will not be tolerated.
Cole adds that even Goodell is trying to make a point with the punishment handed down, he still doesn’t want Brady or any other star player suspended for a large portion of the season.
Reports from over the weekend mentioned that the league is likely to announce Brady’s suspension and potential punishment for the Patriots at some point this week.
We’ll provide updates regarding possible discipline as the news is available.