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Tom Brady announces end of legal fight, will be suspended for Week 1 game vs. Arizona Cardinals

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Posted at 10:14 AM, Jul 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-15 15:18:45-04

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says he will not pursue any further legal action in an attempt to overturn his four-game suspension, confirming he will miss the Patriots' Week 1 matchup at the Arizona Cardinals.

After his case was rejected by an appeals court Wednesday, Brady took to Facebook on Friday to state that he has accepted the suspension. 

Brady, a four-time Super Bowl champion and two-time NFL Most Valuable Player, was suspended for under-inflating footballs during the Patriots' AFC Championship game win over the Indianapolis Colts in 2015.

The Cardinals host the Patriots on Sunday Night Football on Sept. 11, the first week of the 2016 regular season.

Backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to start for the Patriots in Brady's place. Earlier this week, Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell said he's "licking his chops" to face the inexperienced Garoppolo.