No Brady against Cardinals with suspension

Posted by Darren Urban on April 25, 2016 – 9:34 am

When the schedule came out, it was hard not to look first at the Cardinals’ opener — against the Patriots at University of Phoenix Stadium on “Sunday Night Football.” As glitzy as an opener can get. Monday, the glitz was dimmed. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who had been suspended last year for four games after deflategate before winning an appeal, is suspended again.

After Brady won an appeal on the suspension, the NFL took its turn to appeal one step up the legal food chain. Monday, the United States Court of Appeals in the Second Circuit ruled in favor of the NFL. According to the court’s ruling, “We hold that the Commissioner properly exercised his broad discretion under the collective bargaining agreement and that his procedural rulings were properly grounded in that agreement and did not deprive Brady of fundamental fairness.”

In short, Roger Goodell has the power — broadly given under the current collective bargaining agreement — to suspend Brady under the circumstances. It would be hard to believe Brady wouldn’t appeal again, so we’ll see what the next step would be. It’s possible the sides could negotiate a lower suspension, although that would still mean sitting out against Arizona. Legal maneuverings could still mean Brady finds a way on to the field in Arizona Sept. 11. For now though, he will not play.

After the Cardinals, the Patriots have three straight home games on the schedule against the Dolphins, Texans and Bills.

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39 Responses to “No Brady against Cardinals with suspension”

  1. By D on Apr 25, 2016 | Reply

    Had to go all the way to the SB year for that photo?
    Brady will find a way to get on the field by appeal or whatever means possible..

  2. By Dr. G. on Apr 25, 2016 | Reply

    Well, with our new beefed up Defense, the over//under for sacks is about 4.5 on Garopolla on the opening national stage..! The Cards need to know this is still not a “bye”… Can you say BHoyer?

  3. By Hank on Apr 25, 2016 | Reply


    Tom Brady was out all season the year the Cards went to the Super Bowl. If I had to guess, the picture is from 2012, when Kevin Kolb and the Cards beat the Pats after their kicker missed a field goal to win it (after Ryan Williams fumbled on a clock killing drive).

  4. By Darren Urban on Apr 25, 2016 | Reply

    All —

    RE: Pic

    The picture is from a 2006 preseason game in New England.

  5. By clssylssy on Apr 25, 2016 | Reply

    So they say today, who knows what will happen between now and then. Personally, I think fans will be getting short changed by going up against a watered down version of the Patriots to open the season in prime time…kinda like featuring The Rolling Stones w/o Mick Jagger; I want to get the win when they are full strength! Plus I think the entire deflategate was a crock designed for getting headlines, lending a Jerry Springer atmosphere of sensationalism and cheapening our sport.
    We need to go undefeated at home this year & sweep the division, so that the league knows we are a continuously evolving force that isn’t going to fall out of contention just because the Rams are now in Tinseltown. If we win against a team w/o their All Pro QB, it sort of negates the win.

  6. By RagingREDBirds on Apr 25, 2016 | Reply

    Josh Weinfuss has a article about the 04 draft class (AZ BEST). He called the 2013 the second bes draft classt??? What?? I am NT sure if anyone other than honey will get a second contract. with the team Minter was OK last year and at times it LOOKED like Ellington and Okafor were going to be beast, but they are NT. Cooper…enough said! Watford cant get on the field. I think a second contract makes for a good pick.

  7. By John The Draft Guy on Apr 25, 2016 | Reply


    Did he really say that??? Can’t imagine why he would say that. wow.
    Here are a couple better drafts than 2013.

    2010 – Dan Williams, Darryl Washington, Andre Roberts (some would add John Skelton – although that is a reach). Jim Dray and OBrien Scholfield didn’t do much as cards but are still on rosters.

    2008 – DRC, Calais Campbell, Doucet and Hightower.

    But since most drafts for the cards have been so bad, I get why he might think that way.

  8. By dkerry5242 on Apr 25, 2016 | Reply

    It’s all about the W’s. So let’s hope Brady doesn’t get on the field against the Cards.

  9. By RagingREDBirds on Apr 25, 2016 | Reply

    I don’t even think the 2013 class is Kiem’s best draft class.. I think the 2015 class could be special.

  10. By John The Draft Guy on Apr 25, 2016 | Reply

    With the draft so close, Here is my attempt to mock the first round;

    1. Rams – Jared Goff

    2. Eagles – Carsen Wentz

    3. Chargers – TRADE-I believe the dolphins are one of those teams who have traded up to get the player they want. With two solid receivers and QB and nice TE, they are missing a running back – Dallas would consider Elliot so the dolphins have to jump them
    #3 Trade – Dolphins – Ezekiel Elliott

    4- Cowboys – torn on this one. They would love to have a pass rusher like Bosa, but also could have their modern day Deion Sanders. I believe they need to make this splash and they take Jalen Ramsey

    5 – Jaguars – As much as they would like to make a splash, the smart thing to do is protect their franchise QB Bortles so he can get the ball to his stud wr Allen Robinson. So the pick has to be Laremy Tunsil

    6. Ravens – always take BPA. Always. But Miles Jack has that knee injury. Deforest Buckner is the next BPA. so Raven take Buckner.

    7. Niners – They are thrilled and turn in card for the next Patrick Willis. The pick is Miles Jack.

    8. Browns – Their oline needs help. I think they Take Ronnie Stanley. At least they should.

    9. Tampa – Vernon Hargraves – a bigger version of Honey Badger? This guy is a play maker and Tampa jumps on the pick.

    10 Giants – They love and need those tough MLBs. NFC East likes to run the ball. Giants counter with Reggie Ragland.

    11. Bears – They run a 3-4 defense and need an edge rusher. They pass on Bosa and go with Floyd.

    12. Saints – Bosa falls, saints benefit.

    13. Chargers – TRADE – Jets get word the Broncos will move ahead of them. They make the move first coming up to 13 to take Paxton Lynch. Chargers get Jets 20th and Muhammad Wilkerson.
    Jets pick Paxton Lynch.

    14. Raiders – Carr, Mack, Toomer, the raiders have been on a role. They did a great job in FA, allowing them to take a chance with this pick. Raiders take Robert Nkemdichi.

    15. Titans – must help Mariotta. They give him protection – Jack Conklin

    16 – Lions – replacing Calvin is impossible, so a wr is not a given here. A passrusher is more like it. They take Kevin Dodd.

    17. Falcons – Easy, they need a LB and Darren Lee fit.

    18. Colts- Andrew Luck wont last much longer if they dont protect him. Taylor Decker.

    19. Bills – Shaq Lawsen can hold the edge, stand up in a 3-4 or put a hand down. Fits with Ryan. Shaq Lawsen.

    20. Chargers – They would like oline help but can get that in round two. They give Rivers a huge weapon to go with Keenen Allen. Chargers take Corey Coleman

    21. Redskins – they have always been gamblers – They take the guy with the highest ceiling in A’Shawn Robinson

    22. Texans do not care bout value with this pick. They paid a bunch of money to Osweiler and need to help him. They take Ryan Kelly

    23. Vikings – Laquan Treadwell – big receiver to help Bridgewater.

    24. Bengals – add a speed guy to play opposite AJ Green. They add Will Fuller.

    25. Steelers – They can’t believe they have their pick of CBs. Apple or Burns? I think Burns fits better.

    26. Seahawks – Bad news, Hawks add Apple opposite Richard Sherman.

    27. Packers- Pack surprises with Vernon Butler.

    28. Chiefs – TRADE- Chiefs drop into round 2. Niners come up to grab their QB.
    Niners take Conner Cook.

    29. Cards wanted to trade down, but their trade partner went to KC. So, the cards have to decide between Cody Whitehair, Mackenzie Alexander, Noah Spence. Taking Spence says Keim’s second round pick wasn’t good, so he is out. Both fill huge needs, but the cards take Mackenzie Alexander CB opposite PP.

    30. Carolina – Surpise everyone by taking a beast at RB. Derrick Henry

    31. Denver – Chris Jones a big De/Dt who takes Malik Jacksons spot (look for a Kaep trade to follow)

  11. By Scott H on Apr 25, 2016 | Reply

    D –

    For what it’s worth, the Cards played the Pats in NE during the regular season SINCE the SB season. I’m thinking it was 2010? 2011? I remember it well because it was a very un-likely up-set for the Cardinals, final score 20-18. Gostkowski missed a very make-able FG near the end that would have won it for the Pats, but….luck was on our side that day.

    Darren – can you clarify, what season was that? And was I correct on the final score?

  12. By Darren Urban on Apr 25, 2016 | Reply

    Scott H —

    RE: Pats regular season

    That was 2012. And yes, that was the final score.

  13. By Scott H on Apr 25, 2016 | Reply

    OMG, are we ever gonna be done with this deflate gate thing??? Where any suspension of Brady is concerned, I’ll believe it when I see it. He was supposed to be suspended for the first 4 games of last season, then it got over-turned at the last minute. And that had profound implications on real AND fantasy football!

    What a sham this process is…..first, he’s suspended….then he ‘s not… A YEAR LATER, the suspension that got over-turned is basically being over-turned again!

    What about the teams that had to play NE during the first month of the season last year, when it turns out NOW maybe they shouldn’t have? Seems they have a legit gripe now. Maybe they should sue as well??

    What a mess.

    Heck, I’m gonna sue somebody, too. Because I stayed away from drafting Brady in fantasy football because he was gonna be out for a quarter of the season. Right after our draft, he was re-instated. And the guy who DID draft him went on to win the league. I say everyone who did what I did and got screwed should start a class-action lawsuit. Seriously. Why isn’t this a valid complaint?

  14. By D on Apr 25, 2016 | Reply

    John the Draft Guy…in your mock draft, I would have taken Chris Jones over Alexander….

    Cards need a 3rd CB…(maybe fourth if Powers is resigned) but they can fill that need in Round 4.

  15. By Dynosoar on Apr 25, 2016 | Reply


    what are your thoughts on Paxton Lynch. I see you have him gone long before we’re on the board, if he’s there when we come on, do take him? Why/why not?

    Thank you sir.

  16. By John The Draft Guy on Apr 25, 2016 | Reply


    Who is our #2 CB ?? Please dont say Bethel. We need a legit #2.

    As for D-Line, it is the deepest position in the draft.

  17. By John The Draft Guy on Apr 25, 2016 | Reply


    The million dollar question; Do you take a franchise QB this year?

    Here is my thought.
    We went 13-3 and were a step away from the super bowl. We have a number one and number two QB. To win the super bowl, We need a CB, who could start opposite PP.
    We need a center who can start day one. we could use an upgrade at ILB. We might need a RT. But for 2016, we do not need a QB.

    Now, how many years can you count on Palmer? Is he gone in 2017? If yes, we need a QB and Lynch would be a good pick. If he is gone in 2018? Maybe you can wait till next year. But what if there isnt a good QB available in 2017 draft?

    You can go around and around on this.

    Lynch is the real deal. learning a year behind Palmer, he would emerge as a legit starting QB. He has a little Ben Roethesberger and Andrew Luck in him.

    He really would be a good pick, but I cant see him getting past the Jets. I really believe the Jets may move up. Dont be shocked if the saints take him at 12.

    So, If Palmer is gone by 2018 and Lynch is there at 29, yes, take Lynch. The only argument is this; 2016, we could use a 1st round CB or Center. I think you can land the center in round 3, but it will be tough to find a CB, who could step right in, in the rounds 4-6.

    So, is it more wise to take a QB like Jacoby Brissett, who could develop into a steal and go for that first round corner?

    So, long way to say, I think Lynch is the real deal and we should take him at 29, but I just dont think he will be there. Honestly, it would not shock me if the Niners at 7, pull the trigger on Lynch.

  18. By Scott H on Apr 26, 2016 | Reply

    Not related but the QB situation out here in the Philly area has certainly become interesting. They make the big trade and now Bradford is asking for a trade, vowing to not come to work ( he made good on that claim yesterday ). Kinda makes the Eagles look like they don’t really know what they are doing here. But Bradford is also not making himself look too good, either. He is saying he wants to play where HE is “the man.” Kinda pathetic to make that claim and ask for a trade as opposed to gritting your teeth, showing some fire, and getting on the field and showing that you ARE the man! This is the NFL, Sam. You don’t get to be “the man” just because you want to be. As a QB, you gotta EARN that.

    C’mon, Sam, put the big boy pants on and go play.

  19. By Big Ken on Apr 26, 2016 | Reply

    The Browns or Tttans as trade partners? To jump up and get Derrick Henry. No way the Niners partner with us for sure.

  20. By joe 67 on Apr 26, 2016 | Reply

    I hope Brady plays. IF he doesn’t its IMO more pressure on the Cards to win. Can you imagine the nay sayers (haters) if Brady doesn’t play and somehow the Pats would win with the back-up qb?? Besides, you always want to beat another teams best.

  21. By Dr. G. on Apr 26, 2016 | Reply

    jtdg… – – I’m guessing you read the closing remarks from Goodwin on the O-line draft this AM. Quoted here::

    “Taking a guy in the first round of the draft as an offensive lineman anymore …,” Goodwin said, scrunching up his face at the idea, “I’m not too jacked up.”

    So that tells us that a Center is not on the table at #29…agree? I think Keim//BA will listed to this passionate plea.

    That leaves CB and QB to draft IMO at #29…or Spence…! G’day..

  22. By John The Draft Guy on Apr 26, 2016 | Reply

    Scott H,


    He makes so much money, it is hard to trade him.
    But where could he be the man?

    Denver? Maybe. Niners? Chip Kelly did trade for him. Cleveland? I think they stick with RG3. Who else?

    But here is an interesting twist if Bradford could swallow his pride, Dallas. If he would sit behind Romo (which any second, you could be starting), He could be the man in a year or two.

  23. By D on Apr 26, 2016 | Reply

    JTDG- Cards paid Bethel $15mil/3 yr deal. You don’t pay your 3rd CB that much $. He is your 2nd starting CB. He will only get better with more reps. An improved Pass Rush up front will help him more than most.

  24. By John The Draft Guy on Apr 26, 2016 | Reply

    Dr G,

    I guess for a while now, I felt you could land a good center in round 3.

    So, as I played out in my Mock above, Lynch is gone and the Cards take Alexander at CB.

    I like Alexander. He has swagger. Only 29% of passes his way were completed and no TDs. He will be an instant starter and have instant impact.

    Of course, I could see them trade down into round two, provided there is a partner, which might be hard to find. The sleeper in round two could be TJ Green. He is listed as a Safety, but really has all the tools to be a solid CB

    Of course, everyone is lying right now. Goodwin could be banging the table for a center. But to be truthful, he got Cooper and Humphries. I think it is time to share some love to the DBs coach.

  25. By Scott H on Apr 26, 2016 | Reply

    JTDG –

    I cannot believe that after the time and effort you clearly put into posting a full first round mock draft for all 32 teams, people have been giving you thumbs downs in response. Perhaps some of those people should put the same time and effort into explaining why they disagree with you / what they don’t like instead of the total laziness that giving a thumbs down takes.

    I’m not even a mock draft fan, don’t even follow college football, don’t even know who these players are and I still appreciated the time it must have taken you to do that.

  26. By Scott H on Apr 26, 2016 | Reply

    More on Brady….I really don’t care if he plays or not. All that should matter ( all that matters to me ) is whether we believe our Cardinals are good enough to beat the Pats whether he is there or not. I’m not even gonna pay one ounce of attention to what people ( outsiders ) say if we happen to beat them without Brady. Not our fault for how the schedule falls or if the US legal system passes down a ruling that puts Brady on the sidelines for a month. Not like the Cardinals can ask to play them later in the season after Brady returns…..

    In 2014, we looked as good as ANY team in the league until we lost Palmer ( then Stanton ). Did anyone care that the Cardinals got completely pushed out of the picture because of injuries at the QB position? Nope. The season went on and the world kept turning – just as it will whether Tom Brady is suspended for 4 games in 2016 or not. We needed to handle our business in 2014 after we lost Palmer ( then Stanton ) the best we could. Guess the Pats will just have to do the same, and handle THEIR business. They have games to play, regardless.

    I believe the Cardinals are absolutely capable of beating the Pats WITH Brady IF they play to their capabilities and execute. So, on the night that game is played, I will be looking at how sharp WE look and how WE are executing. And I think I will know, based on that, where we stand.

    And bottom line, I just want to be 1-0 whether Brady plays or not. That matters a whole lot more than what anyone thinks or has to say about how different things may have been if Brady played. There ain’t gonna be an asterick next to that one whether it’s a win or a loss. So, let’s put it in the win column and move on.

  27. By sbrown on Apr 26, 2016 | Reply

    So the Cards might get a chance to play NE without Brady, well don’t put that W down just yet.
    Don’t forget we had a chance to beat a back up QB in Pitt last season, and all that happened was L. Jones tore the Cardinals apart in the second half.

    Cards only get 16 regular season games, every one takes max effort to get the win. Gotta do your job and play a good game, get the win and move on to next week against Tampa Bay.

  28. By Scott H on Apr 27, 2016 | Reply

    sbrown –

    RE: Getting beaten by a back-up QB

    Yes, there is that possibility, too. Good point. That could be a real trap for the Cardinals if they know going in that Brady isn’t playing and they let off on the intensity. The Pats are a damn good team even if Brady doesn’t play.

    And in reality, Jones had some help in that game against the Steelers. Palmer threw a BAD INT in the end zone ( never should have made that throw ). And on the long TD catch and run by Bryant….how many times should we have tackled him before he went all the way for the score.? Jones played a terrific game, no doubt. But he caught a few little breaks.

    Really, the WORST mistake the Cardinals made that day was running Michael Vick out of the game. If he stays in, the Steelers probably don’t even score 10 points! Maybe THAT is the lesson we should take from that game – whoever their back-up is, keep him in the game. Don’t let the 3rd string guy in, ’cause HE’S the guy you have to worry about!

  29. By clssylssy on Apr 27, 2016 | Reply

    Does anybody else wonder where Matt Barkley figures in all of this? We spent a draft pick on him for what? trade bait? insurance? backup mascot? I know Scitt has indicated his views of Barkly in Philly but has anybody seen anything from him that would offer any glimmer of hope that he might be a viable asset in this QB deprived league? If we draft somebody, he’s out so why carry him when we need more depth in our secondary?

  30. By Darren Urban on Apr 27, 2016 | Reply

    Clssy (and all) —

    RE: Barkley

    I keep seeing people bemoan the draft pick spent on Barkley. It was a seventh-round pick this year, a pick that would have had a hard time making the team anyway. If the Cards drafted a QB in the seventh round, people would say “OK” and if he got cut, wouldn’t care. Why fret about paying such a pick for Barkley?

  31. By Big Ken on Apr 27, 2016 | Reply

    The bull is running pretty deep. Now the Browns are rumored the be interested in Connor Cook. Jump back into the end of first round?

  32. By clssylssy on Apr 27, 2016 | Reply

    Darren…I keep hearing about how good Keim is at finding hidden treasure in the late rounds and UDFA, which I give him credit for. I would think we would want to use EVERY pick wisely, even if they are just for use in trade. Barkley has been all but invisible and so is a bit of a curiosity. Is he a camp body, where does he fit? I understand he is a nice guy but beyond that does he have a place in the scheme of things?

  33. By Darren Urban on Apr 27, 2016 | Reply

    Clssy —

    RE: Barkley

    He’s a third-string QB. I don’t see him passing up Stanton at this point. So they’ll be trying to upgrade, as they should.

  34. By John The Draft Guy on Apr 27, 2016 | Reply



    First, paid powers more money to be the number 3 cb.
    I just don’t believe in Bethel. It was a mistake to over pay him.
    This is his 5th year in the league. How long you going to wait for him to develop?
    Teams will stay away from PP and eat up Bethel this year.
    Got to upgrade.

  35. By Scott H on Apr 27, 2016 | Reply

    JTDG –

    RE: Bradford

    I guess if Bradford wants out of Philly bad enough ( wants to be “the man” somewhere else ), he can agree to re-neg his current contract as part of the deal. That happens, as a way to make big-salary players more trade-able. But…. you tell me, is Bradford really making himself more attractive to other teams by reacting this way? I might say he is not. Because this guy has been kinda….coddled thus far during his career in the NFL. And it seems there are always those making excuses for him along the way, ya know? He didn’t have any WR’s, he didn’t have an O-line, etc.

    And, yes, there have been the injuries.

    But this man has yet to have a winning record as an NFL QB. Last season was his best season so far, and….really, it wasn’t all that great. Part of me is saying – who is Sam Bradford to be demanding a trade so he can be somewhere where he can be “the man???”

    I can see where he might feel like he is kinda getting the shaft from the Eagles ( depending on what the Eagles may have told him and how their actions may now be indicating otherwise ). But his reacting to the Eagles making a trade that will presumably bring them a QB for the future by immediately demanding a trade just seems kinda….weak. And somewhat entitled. I mean….Bradford IS the starting QB for the Eagles this year ( if he stays ). I’d rather see him buck and go into this season looking to play at a level that would force the Eagles to think real hard about letting him go. That’s what a competitor does ( ala Kurt Warner after we drafted Leinart ). But Bradford isn’t coming off as a competitor – he’s coming off as someone who wants to be the man WITHOUT having to compete for it. Just my two cents…

    Again, I REALLY don’t understand why / how Bradford wasn’t involved in the trade between the Eagles and the Browns. That seemed a perfect opportunity for both sides to benefit. The Eagles could be out from under Bradford and Bradford would be somewhere where he can be “the man.”

  36. By Kevin S Mesa on Apr 28, 2016 | Reply

    Sam Bradford… Career record under .500, no playoffs. Out of 6 seasons, he missed one entirely, 6 games in one, 9 games in another, and 2 games in another. Career rating of 81.0. He’s played in 63 games since joining the league; 20 QB’s have that many starts in the same time frame, and Bradford ranks 19th in completion %, 20th in yards per attempt, 20th in TD%, and 20th in wins.

    And with all that, he made $78M in his first 6 years and stands to make another 36M in the next two. He has no right to be complaining about anything.

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