A federal judge on Thursday threw out Tom Brady’s four-game suspension in Deflate-Gate.
Judge Richard Berman of Manhattan federal court announced the decision after the league and the players union, representing the star quarterback, failed to reach a settlement of their bitter dispute.
The league suspended Brady after concluding that he and two New England Patriots equipment managers conspired to let air out of footballs before the AFC championship game in January, presumably to make them easier to grip.
Brady has said that nobody employed by the Patriots did anything wrong.
The ruling means Brady would be eligible to play in seven days, when the Patriots open their defense of their Super Bowl title against the Pittsburgh Steelers.