In his first public comments since the Deflategate court ruling, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he is focused on preparing for Thursday’s game against Pittsburgh. He also recognized his family, friends and Patriots owner Bob Kraft for their support.
“Everything that’s happened over the past seven months, obviously I have a lot of personal feelings, but I really don’t care to share many of those,” Brady said Sunday.
“I really care to think about what I need to do going forward. We’ve got a lot of guys in this locker room who worked really hard to get to this point, and so have I, and I’m excited to be able to go out there and do it.”
Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game was overturned Thursday by a federal judge who criticized NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for going what he said was “far beyond” the investigative conclusions of attorney Ted Wells.
Brady said the NFL’s decision to appeal the ruling is “their choice.”
“I think that’s just part of this process,” he said. “My part is to get ready to play football, and that’s what I’m really excited to do.”
Eagles get quarterback Stephen Morris
The Philadelphia Eagles added a third quarterback when they were awarded Stephen Morris off waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
The Eagles traded quarterback Matt Barkley to the Arizona Cardinals on Friday and released Tim Tebow on Saturday.
Morris went undrafted out of the University of Miami in 2014 and spent the season on Jacksonville’s practice squad.
Gruden will choose between Griffin and McCoy for backup
Washington Redskins Coach Jay Gruden said Sunday he will decide whether Robert Griffin III or Colt McCoy backs up quarterback Kirk Cousins for Week 1 after Griffin visits a neurologist “early this week.”
The Redskins open the regular season at home against Miami on Sunday.
Griffin missed Washington’s final two preseason games after sustaining a concussion against Detroit on Aug. 20.
He was originally cleared to return two days before the Redskins’ Aug. 29 game against Baltimore, before a team neurologist reversed his decision.
Griffin has participated in practices since the injury.
“Hopefully he’ll get cleared,” Gruden said. “But we’ll wait and see.”
Broncos waive Montee Ball
The Denver Broncos waived running back Montee Ball and center Gino Gradkowski to make room for two players they were awarded off waivers.
The Broncos claimed center James Ferentz, who was cut by the Houston Texans. And they propped up a thin tight end group by adding Mitchell Henry from the Green Bay Packers.
Ball, a second-round pick in 2013, never lived up to expectations in Denver after scoring an NCAA-record 83 touchdown at Wisconsin.
Packers reach deal with James Jones
A person familiar with the contract talks says the Green Bay Packers and receiver James Jones have agreed to terms on a one-year deal.
The person spoke to the Associated Press on Sunday night on condition of anonymity because the team hadn’t announced the deal.
NFL.com and ESPN.com first reported that Jones and the Packers agreed to terms. He was cut Saturday by the New York Giants.
The 31-year-old Jones is returning to the team that drafted him in the third round in 2007. He will provide a veteran presence to a receiving corps that lost No. 1 wideout Jordy Nelson to a season-ending right knee injury in the preseason.
The Dallas Cowboys have acquired running back Christine Michael in a trade from Seattle. Michael was sent to the Cowboys for a conditional 2016 draft pick.
Defensive end Lavar Edwards was waived by Dallas to make room on the 53-man roster.
The New Orleans Saints claimed defensive end Obum Gwacham and linebacker Rich Mauti off waivers.
The moves, announced by the club Sunday night, come a day after Gwacham was waived by Seattle and Mauti by Minnesota.