For the first time since 2001, the New England Patriots will start a season without Tom Brady under center. The All-Pro quarterback’s well-documented involvement in the Deflategate controversy has cost him the first four games of the season, leaving many Patriots fans to trumpet the "Free Brady" movement.
But one of his fellow NFL quarterbacks doesn’t have much sympathy for the four-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback. Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer was pretty blunt in his assessment of Brady’s punishment.
"I tried not to follow it just because it was everywhere for so long, Palmer said, via CSNNE.com. "But I go back and … you follow what the rule book says and go about your business and your work and if they tell you not to do it and you get busted and what happens happens then you suffer the consequences."
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Those consequences will cost Brady the first four games of the season, the first time since 2008 that he’s missed a start. Palmer didn’t have much faith that Brady’s numerous appeals to the suspension would hold up.
"Whatever the league comes down upon and whatever ruling they make is what they make," Palmer said. "You don’t have much of a decision after that and you can fight it for a little bit but after a while, you just gotta abide by what they say."
Brady’s suspension is a boon for the Cardinals, who avoid having to face the perennial Pro Bowl quarterback in Week 1. But these comments probably won’t sit well with the Patriots, who will have a chance to make Palmer eat his words Sunday.