INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Just days after Ted Wells released his 243-page report regarding the allegations of the New England Patriots deflating footballs used in the AFC Championship game, the NFL issued its punishment for the organization and star quarterback Tom Brady.
The NFL announced Monday that Brady will be suspended the first four games of the 2015 season. The Patriots were fined $1 million and will forfeit two future draft picks. They will lose their first round pick in 2016 as well as a fourth round pick in 2017.
Brady’s agent, Don Yee said in a statement that Brady will appeal the punishment.
WISH-TV Colts Insider Mike Wells said he feels the league got the punishment right.
“You have to give NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a lot of credit for the way (he) handled Tom Brady,” Wells said. “He showed that nobody is invincible in the NFL.”
If Brady’s suspension stands, he will make his 2015 debut at Lucas Oil Stadium against the Colts on October 18.
Wells thinks that if the Colts hope to take the next step, they must take advantage of Brady’s early season absence.
“If (the Colts) want to make a run at a Super Bowl, and now with four games without Tom Brady, the Colts have the schedule in their favor,” Wells said. “No excuse for them not to have home field advantage.”