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Brady on Deflategate: We have all lost

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NEW YORK (AP) A judge's ruling freeing New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to play football erased his four-game suspension but failed to address the root question of the "Deflategate" scandal: What did Brady know about a plot to deflate balls before January's AFC championship game?

U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman thoroughly trashed NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's handling of the NFL disciplinary process in his Thursday ruling, but did little to cast aside the perception by some that Brady knew more than he was willing to reveal about the scheme the league has blamed on Patriots ball handlers.

Berman noted that Brady's statistics were better in the second half of the 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts, when the balls were properly inflated. Yet conclusions about Brady himself were sparse after reviewing the NFL's investigative report, Goodell's arbitration hearing with Brady and other evidence.

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Receiving Yards
Rank Name Yds
1 A. Brown1698
2 D. Thomas1619
3 J. Jones1593
4 J. Nelson1519
5 E. Sanders1404
6 T. Hilton1345
7 G. Tate1331
8 D. Bryant1320
9 J. Maclin1318
10 O. Beckham Jr.1305
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Receiving TDs
Rank Name TDs
1 D. Bryant16
2t A. Brown13
2t J. Nelson13
4t O. Beckham Jr.12
4t R. Cobb12
4t M. Evans12
4t A. Gates12
4t R. Gronkowski12
4t J. Thomas12
10t T. Smith11
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