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The NFL announced that Patriots QB Tom Brady has been suspended 4 games for his role in DeflateGate. Ted Wells' report concluded that it's "more probable than not that Tom Brady was at least generally aware" of the purposefully under-inflated footballs used in last season's AFC Championship Game. He also refused to supply cell-phone records to the investigation. In addition to Brady's ban, the Patriots have been stripped of a 1st-round pick in the 2016 draft, a 4th-rounder in 2017 and been fined $1 million. But the big fantasy football story is clearly the suspension of Brady. The decision is expected to be appealed, so we'll see if the ban is reduced. As it currently stands, Brady would miss games against the Steelers, Bills, Jaguars and Cowboys -- with a Week 4 bye in between. He'd return in Week 6 against the Colts. Losing 4 games will certainly knock Brady down our 2015 rankings when they're released next month, but it won't be difficult to find a fill-in for the 1st month. It could turn Brady into a value pick. QB Jimmy Garoppolo will start while Brady is out. The 2014 2nd-rounder completed 19 of 27 passes for 182 yards and 1 TD last year, with most of that coming in the season finale against the Bills. He'll be tough to trust in fantasy and will also downgrade the early-season outlooks for Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell.

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Bucs QB Tom Brady (shoulder, finger) was back on the practice field on Thursday. He should be fine for a potential blowup spot at home vs. the Falcons. Brady posted 276-5-0 and 368-4-1 passing lines in 2 games against Atlanta last year.

Buccaneers QB Tom Brady sat out of Wednesday's practice with injuries to his right shoulder and a finger on his right hand. The finger injury carried over from the previous week and isn't likely to be an issue. We'll keep an eye on the shoulder. TE Cameron Rate (concussion) also missed practice Wednesday. We'd bet on him not playing in Week 5.

Buccaneers QB Tom Brady racked up 385 yards and 3 TDs on 39-of-52 passing in Sunday night's loss to the Chiefs. He hit WR Mike Evans for a pair of scores, in the wideout's return from a 1-game suspension. His other TD went to RB Leonard Fournette from 5 yards out. Brady dropped back on 82.8 of the team's offensive snaps, as Tampa ran the ball only 6 times. Don't expect too many more pass-run splits like that, regardless of game script.

Bucs QB Tom Brady finished Week 3 with 271 yards and 1 TD on 31 of 42 passing. Playing without Chris Godwin (hamstring), Mike Evans (suspension) or Julio Jones (knee), Brady watched WRs Breshad Perriman and Russell Gage lose fumbles. Gage did score the team’s lone TD late in the 4th, but the 2-point conversion — to send the game into OT — was unsuccessful. Considering the WR injuries and the banged up O-line, Brady’s performance was actually encouraging. Evans will return for Week 4 (vs. Kansas City) but Jones and Godwin remain uncertain.

Bucs QB Tom Brady has a "banged-up" right ring finger, HC Todd Bowles said Friday. “He’s ready to go,'' Bowles added. "He’s full practice. He took every throw." This doesn't sound like a big deal, but it's not what Brady needs considering all the WR and offensive line injuries he's dealing with. Brady is not a top 12 QB option this week.

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