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NFL suspends Tom Brady; takes away draft picks, fines Patriots

Tom Brady will miss the start of the 2015 NFL season with a four game suspension.

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL is laying the hammer down on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Brady will be suspended for the first four games of the 2015 NFL season for his role in having footballs deflated prior to games. The Patriots will also get a significant punishment, as Schefter writes:

That's a pretty strong punishment for the deflategate scandal, but the fact that Brady allegedly lied to investigators about his role in the ordeal didn't help matters either.

This means Brady will miss the regular-season opener on Thursday Night Football between the Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers. The game will be missing some serious star-power as Le'Veon Bell will also be suspended for the first two games of the season.