With Tom Brady and the NFL unable to reach an agreement on a settlement of his suspension, one legal expert thinks the New England Patriots quarterback will play in the NFL Opening Kickoff despite a four-game suspension hovering over him.

Michael McCann, a legal analyst for Sports Illustrated and the director of the Sports and Entertainment Law Institute at the University of New Hampshire, said on Tuesday that he believes Tom Brady will play in the Patriots’ season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

I think chances are Brady will play in the season opener,” McCann said. “Certainly not a done deal, certainly not extreme likelihood. But I guess you could say more probable than not that he plays in the first game.”

If Judge Richard M. Berman rules in favor of the NFL, Brady and the NFLPA are almost certain to appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, thus allowing Brady to play until a final ruling is made.

By Glenn Erby

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