Tom Brady's suspension is coming after a huge bounce-back year

Seven months after the New England Patriots were accused of intentionally deflating footballs used in the AFC Championship game, Tom Brady and the NFL are still battling over the four-game suspension for his involvement in the scandal. While there is still a chance the suspension will be reduced, it’s clear that it is coming at a terrible point in Brady’s career.

In 2013, Brady was 36-year-old and appeared to be on the decline, struggling with a group of young receivers on the way to one of his worst seasons statistically of the last decade. But in 2014, Brady rebounded, having a very good season and leading the Pats to their fourth Super Bowl championship.

Now, Brady faces the possibility of being forced to miss a quarter of the season. Not only does Brady not have many games left at age 38, but he is at risk for losing the momentum he built during the 2014 season. That could prove more costly than any actual losses while he is out.

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