FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) In many ways, the New England Patriots enter their 2016 training camp as close as they've been in 19 months to ridding themselves of the cloud that has trailed them since the "Deflategate" saga began.
They got a respite last season after Tom Brady was allowed to play when his appeal of a four-game suspension handed down by the league for his involvement in a scheme to underinflate footballs during the 2015 AFC championship game was overturned.
The NFL challenged that ruling, and the league's punishment was reinstated by an appeals court in April. That same court denied Brady's petition for a rehearing of its decision July 13, and Brady - who will turn 39 on Aug. 3 - finally decided to end his legal fight by announcing he would accept his suspension.