BOSTON (CBS) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued this statement just after noon Thursday, announcing the league will appeal Judge Richard Berman's decision to vacate Tom Brady's four-game suspension:
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.
The league later tweeted that they will not move to keep Brady off the field during the appeal, which mean he will start the season opener September 10 at Gillette Stadium.
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