Sunday’s roundup: Brady ready to move past Deflategate
Foxborough, Mass. — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady just wants to move on.
Making his first public comments since the “Deflategate” court ruling, Brady said he is focused on preparing for Thursday’s game against Pittsburgh. He also recognized his family, friends and Patriots owner Bob Kraft for their support.
“Everything that’s happened over the past seven months, obviously I have a lot of personal feelings, but I really don’t care to share many of those,” Brady, a former Michigan star, said Sunday.
“I really care to think about what I need to do going forward. We’ve got a lot of guys in this locker room who worked really hard to get to this point, and so have I, and I’m excited to be able to go out there and do it.”
Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC Championship game was overturned Thursday by a federal judge who criticized NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for going what he said was “far beyond” the investigative conclusions of attorney Ted Wells.
Brady said the NFL’s decision to appeal the ruling is “their choice.”
“I think that’s just part of this process,” he said. “My part is to get ready to play football, and that’s what I’m really excited to do.”
Brady led the Patriots to a Super Bowl win over Seattle on Feb. 1, but the “Deflategate” saga dominated headlines all the way into the start of this season. The star quarterback has insisted he played no role in a conspiracy to deflate footballs below the allowable limit at last season’s AFC championship, a 45-7 rout of the Indianapolis Colts.
Two Patriots employees — officials’ locker room attendant Jim McNally and equipment assistant John Jastremski — were suspended for their role in the deflated balls.
“I certainly feel terrible for them that they’re not able to be with us right now,” Brady said.
Asked if he had been in contact with either man, Brady declined to answer.
“Those are very personal things,” he said. “They’ve been obviously put through a lot.”
The Cowboys signed former Lions quarterback Kellen Moore, Moore told The Idaho Statesman. Moore spent three seasons in Detroit.
... The Broncos waived running back Montee Ball and center Gino Gradkowski after claiming center James Ferentz and tight end Mitchell Henry.
... Washington coach Jay Gruden will decide whether Robert Griffin III or Colt McCoy is the backup quarterback to Kirk Cousins (Michigan State) against Miami after Griffin visits a neurologist “early this week.”
... The Seahawks traded running back Christine Michael to the Cowboys for a conditional 2016 draft pick.
... The Browns traded running back Terrance West to the Titans for a seventh-round pick in the 2016 draft.
... The Bills claimed center Gabe Ikard off waivers, two days after he was released by the Titans.
... The Dolphins claimed quarterback Logan Thomas off waivers from the Cardinals.
... The Jets claimed safety Ronald Martin off waivers from the Seahawks.
They also re-signed receiver Chris Owusu and released safety Rontez Miles.
... The Giants claimed cornerback Asa Jackson and defensive lineman Louis Nix.
They cut defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis and cornerback Mike Harris.