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Tom Brady's Suspension Upheld, Meaning Patriots Are Likely To Be Without Their Starting QB Against Texans

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In light of today's news, the Houston Texans are one of four teams that could very well face the New England Patriots without Tom Brady under center. Texans fans react on Battle Red Blog.

Livin' on a prayer.
Livin' on a prayer.
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When last we checked in on Tom Brady's winding path through the legal system, the best quarterback in NFL history was facing a four-game suspension to begin the 2016 NFL regular season. Brady requested rehearing of that ruling from the Second Circuit, and the court issued its opinion on Brady's petition this morning.

In other words, Brady's four-game suspension, which would include the Patriots' Week Three Thursday night game against your Houston Texans, stands. Brady has one final appellate option, but it's an extremely remote one.

Thus, barring the NFL and Brady agreeing to some sort of settlement that could reduce the length of his suspension, it would appear the Texans' defense is likely to be squaring off against Jimmy Garoppolo in Foxborough on September 22nd.

UPDATE: It's official. Tom Brady will miss the first four games of the 2016 regular season, meaning the Texans will face the Patriots without him under center.