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The day that New England Patriots fans have longed for is finally here. Deflategate is over and Tom Brady is back as starting quarterback!

The 21-month-long saga officially came to an end Monday as Brady returned to the Patriots practice facility following a four-game suspension for allegedly tampering with footballs used in the 2015 AFC title game against the Indianapolis Colts.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell may have one the fight against Brady, but the unwarranted suspension had little affect on the Patriots. The team was able to keep their head above water, going 3-1 through the first quarter of the season. And now, Brady returns with his team in prime position to win another AFC East title.

Wide receiver Julian Edelman, who is one of Brady's favorite targets, welcomed back the veteran signal caller with a one-word tweet.
"It's going to be great," Julian Edelman said about the return of Brady to the lineup.

The legal battle between the NFL and NFLPA over Deflategate is over as well.

“After consultation with Tom Brady and our appellate counsel, we have decided to not pursue additional appeals in this matter,” the NFLPA said in a statement Sunday to NBC Sports.

Brady's first challenge will come this Sunday on the shores of Lake Erie in a game against the Cleveland Browns.

Photo credit: CBSSports.com

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Frank O'Laughlin 10/03/2016 02:02:00 PM Edit
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