Tom Brady’s lawyers have been granted another two weeks to appeal his four-game “Deflategate” suspension.
The second US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said Brady could have until May 23 to decide whether to ask for a rehearing in front of the same three-judge panel or a new hearing called “en banc” in front of the entire circuit.
The court ruled 2-1 on April 25 meaning that Commissioner Roger Goodell was within his rights to suspend Brady for four games for his role in using improperly inflated footballs in the 2015 AFC championship game.
Brady was given two weeks to appeal. But since then, he has added lawyer Ted Olson to his team.
The appeals ruling follows a September decision by Manhattan Judge Richard Berman that went against the league, letting Brady skip the suspension last season. Goodell insisted the suspension was deserved.
The Patriots open the 2016 season at the Arizona Cardinals on September 11 before three home games against the Miami Dolphins, the Houston Texans and the Buffalo Bills.
If Brady’s suspension is not lifted, back-up Jimmy Garoppolo is in line to make his first NFL start since the Patriots in the second round of the 2014 draft.
The Patriots also selected a quarterback during the third round of last weekend’s 2016 draft, Jacoby Brissett, and he will offer cover for Garoppolo during the first quarter of the season.