FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Tom Brady has appealed his four-game suspension for his role in using deflated footballs during the AFC championship game.
The expected appeal was filed Thursday ahead of a 5 p.m. deadline.
The NFL announced the quarterback's suspension on Monday, also fining the New England Patriots $1 million and taking away two draft picks.
Brady's appeal only deals with the suspension and must be heard within 10 days. The team has not said if it will appeal its penalties before a Thursday deadline.
League-appointed investigator Ted Wells found that Brady was "at least generally aware" of plans by two team employees to prepare the balls to his liking, below the league-mandated minimum of 12.5 pounds per square inch.