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Tom Brady suspension vacated by judge in DeflateGate scandal

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Tom Brady will be allowed to play the first four games of the season after a judge vacated the league's suspension of the New England Patriots' quarterback.

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

There is celebration happening around the New England Patriots today as Manhattan Federal Court Judge Richard Berman made his DeflateGate ruling this morning. According to a report from the Associated Press, Judge Berman has vacated the four-game suspension the league had levied against Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady. The move means Brady will be able to start the regular season, which begins a week from today, with the Patriots as the begin defense of their Super Bowl XLIX championship.

Brady's suspension was first handed down following the league's investigation into allegations that the Patriots were using under-inflated football for the first half of the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts. Brady was implicated in the report for being a part of the consipracy to remove the air from the footballs after they were inspected by the game's officials. Brady argued for his innocence throughout the process, though he also did odd things like destroy his cell phone while the investigation happened, appearing to be trying to cover up something.

With the Judge's ruling, Brady will be eligible to take the field against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the league's opening night game.