A federal judge nullified the four-game suspension for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Thursday.

However, the NFL will appeal Judge Richard Berman's decision and released a statement Thursday:

We are grateful to Judge Berman for hearing this matter, but respectfully disagree with today's decision. We will appeal today's ruling in order to uphold the collectively bargained responsibility to protect the integrity of the game. The commissioner's responsibility to secure the competitive fairness of our game is a paramount principle, and the league and our 32 clubs will continue to pursue a path to that end. While the legal phase of this process continues, we look forward to focusing on football and the opening of the regular season.

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