Deflategate is finally over

Deflategate is finally over

The New England Patriots have welcomed back Tom Brady from his four-game "Deflategate" suspension.

The star quarterback's return marks an end to a 21-month odyssey that has hovered over the franchise since an NFL investigation concluded the Patriots intentionally underinflated footballs used in the AFC Championship game on Jan. 18, 2015.

A federal judge initially overturned the suspension, allowing Brady to play last season, but an appeals court reinstated it this spring. Prior to training camp in July, Brady announced he would end his legal challenges and accept the league's punishment.

The Patriots have barely missed a beat in Brady's absence. The went are in their usual spot on top of the AFC East after going 3-1 behind Brady understudies Jimmy Garoppolo (gah-RAH'-puh-loh) and Jacoby Brissett (brih-SEHT') .

Brady is expected to start when the Patriots play at winless Cleveland Sunday.

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