Tom Brady is expected to bring his appeal of the four-game suspension issued to him by the NFL for his role in the Deflategate scandal to the Supreme Court, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Wednesday.
The New England Patriots quarterback's plea to have his case reheard by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was denied Wednesday, but the four-time Super Bowl champion reportedly isn't ready to accept his punishment.
"Though there is no firm decision, the expectation is that Patriots QB Tom Brady will attempt to take his case to the US Supreme Court," Rapoport wrote on his Twitter account.
Brady and his lawyers, including the well-known Ted Olson, has 90 days to submit another appeal to the nation's highest court, according to Rapoport.
He could also apply for a stay of the suspension, which would allow him to play during his Supreme Court hearing, per Rapoport.
The 75-year-old Olson served as Solicitor General of the United States under President George W. Bush and has argued 62 cases in front of the Supreme Court. He was hired to join Brady's legal team in late April.
Brady's four-game ban was handed down by league commissioner Roger Goodell on May 11, 2015, for his general knowledge of the Patriots' actions to deflate footballs during the 2014 AFC Championship Game against Indianapolis.
The suspension was originally overturned by Judge Richard Berman of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Sept. 3, 2015, but was reinstated by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on April 25.
He would be eligible to return Oct. 9 against the Cleveland Browns.
Third-year backup Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to be New England's starting quarterback in Brady's absence. He has made appearances in 11 games.