File this one under Least Surprising News Of The Year.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and the NFL Players Association will file on Monday a petition for a rehearing of the appeal that resulted in the reinstatement of his four-game suspension, via Adam Schefter of ESPN. Monday is the deadline for Brady to take action, and it was clear once Brady and the NFLPA hired former U.S. solicitor general Ted Olson that this specific action would be taken.
The question now becomes whether the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will agree to a hearing before the full court. Previously, the matter was handled by only three judges, who were randomly assigned to handle the case. The fact that the Chief Judge: (1) was one of the three judges; and (2) sided with Brady could make Brady’s petition less of a long shot.
If Brady secures a rehearing, chances are the matter won’t be resolved before the end of the 2016 season. If he fails, the next question becomes whether he’ll pursue an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court (why wouldn’t he?) and whether Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is assigned to matters arising from the Second Circuit, will agree to stay the suspension while the Supreme Court considers whether to take up the case.