One of the longest running sagas in NFL history looks set to continue as Deflate-gate has once again reared it's ugly head.
Dating back to the AFC Championship game of the 2015 season when the New England Patriots defeated the Indianapolis Colts, the issue just seems to have no end.
A long saga
So far we have seen the initial accusations that Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady was involved in getting the game balls deflated.
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This led to the Patriots forfeiting draft picks and Brady himself being given a four game ban by the NFL.
The ban was postponed after Brady appealed it first time round and he went on to have a big 2015 season before the ban was re-instated this off-season.
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Well now we are set for more of the same as it has been confirmed that Brady has once again launched an appeal against his ban meaning we are now set for a second hearing by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Brady's attorney was adamant on the subject when he recently appeared on 'Good Morning America' to discuss the issue.
"The facts here are so drastic and so apparent that the court should rehear it,"
Well it now will be reheard and could - to the dismay of the other 15 AFC teams, lead to Brady's suspension once again being overturned.
Brady isn't there just yet though, he appealed en banc, meaning that he needs seven of the 13 judges to agree before a hearing can even take place.
If enough judges don't agree, Brady can still take his case to the Supreme Court so it looks like for now, Deflategate will not be disappearing.
A big opportunity
Fans of the Patriots will be hoping that Brady's suspension is overturned or postponed once again as they are set to face a tough start to the 2016 season.
The Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans and Buffalo Bills all await New England in their first fur matches which would bring back-up quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo against some top defenses.
However with new tight-end Martellus Bennett added to the roster, New England are still being tipped for amongst the Super Bowl favourites.
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