NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said a decision on Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension "is coming soon" and could happen as soon as next week, according to CNBC.
Goodell made his comments to CNBC on Thursday while attending a tech and business conference in Sun Valley, Idaho.
Goodell will decide Brady's fate after declining a request in May by the NFL Players Association to recuse himself and appoint a neutral arbitrator to hear the case.
The Patriots quarterback's appeal of his suspension took place on June 23 at the league's headquarters in Manhattan and went deep into the night. Jeffrey Kessler, the attorney representing the NFLPA, told Newsday that Brady was "there to the bitter end" of the 11-hour hearing. Kessler also said he believed the Brady camp "put in a very compelling case."
Brady, the four-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback, was suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season after being implicated in the Wells Report that found the Patriots had used underinflated balls in the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts in January. Brady is hoping to have his suspension erased or reduced.
Brady has a lot riding on the appeal. In addition to missing games, he will want to repair his legacy, which has been tarnished by the DeflateGate scandal.