Broncos safety T.J. Ward has been suspended for the first week of the season for a violation of the league’s personal conduct policy for a May 2014 incident in which he was charged with misdemeanor assault and disturbing the peace after being accused of throwing a glass mug at a bartender in a Denver strip club.

He’s gone through the appeals process, having it heard earlier in the summer, but the appeal did not go in his favor.

Ward was asked Thursday if he would try and take it to the courts, but that doesn’t seem like it will happen and he will have to miss the Broncos‘ season-opener.

“I’m going to try, but my last name isn’t Brady so I’ll probably just have to sit it out,” Ward said to reporters.

Ward is most known in New England for being the player who hit Rob Gronkowski in 2013 when Ward was with the Browns and Gronkowski tore his ACL on the play.

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Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price break down the decision by federal judge Richard Berman to vacate Tom Brady‘s four-game suspension on Thursday, allowing Brady to play in the season opener against the Steelers on Sept. 10 and paving the way for the quarterback to play the entire season. Brady did not stick around Gillette Stadium Thursday night as the New York Giants defeated the Patriots, 12-9, in the preseason finale for both teams.There were signs all around Gillette Stadium Thursday in support of Brady and celebrating the judge’s decision that will allow Brady to play.

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Logan Ryan

Logan Ryan

FOXBORO — Normally playing in the second half of the fourth preseason game is not a good sign for a healthy player looking to make the Patriots’ final 53-man roster.

That is what happened with cornerback Logan Ryan in Thursday’s preseason finale against the Giants. Even so, Ryan, a 2013 third-round pick out of Rutgers, says he isn’t concerned.

“You know, not really,” Ryan said. “It’s out of my control. Whatever is going to happen is going to happen. No, I’m not really.”

Ryan has played in all 16 games in each of his first two seasons in the league.

“I think I’m right where I want to be playing pretty well, getting ready for Pittsburgh now,” Ryan said. “The preseason is a way to work on your craft and get some action and now it’s what matters.”

The Rutgers product is competing with Robert McClain, Tarell Brown and Bradley Fletcher for potentially the final cornerback spot on the team, although there’s a chance all four players make the final roster.

“I feel like it went well,” Ryan said of his summer. “Defensively, we played well. We competed — didn’t let up any touchdowns which is always good. We have some things to clean up and get ready for the regular season.”

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FOXBORO — Apparently Reggie Wayne hasn’t been in Foxboro long enough to truly appreciate the Patriot Way.

Wayne told reporters he was “excited” to hear the news about his quarterback Tom Brady being reinstated just in time for the regular season.

But that was about all the reaction that came from inside the Patriots locker room after a 12-9 loss to the New York Giants in the preseason finale at Gillette Stadium Thursday night.

Coach Bill Belichick was asked how relieved he was to no longer have the uncertainty of who will be playing quarterback against the Steelers in a week.

“I’€™ll just talk about the game ‘€“ any questions about the game,” Belichick said before moving to talking about the fact that tight ends coach Brian Daboll called the offensive plays for quarterback Ryan Lindley and linebackers coach Patrick Graham was calling the defense.

Belichick wasn’t the only head coach to stay far away from the Brady subject post game.

“I’€™m not touching that,” said Giants coach Tom Coughlin. “I don’€™t have anything to do with that and that’€™s just the way it is.”

“Not really my position to comment on that situation,” said Patriots running back James White. “Just worried about myself right now. We’re football players. There’s going to be a lot of stuff said in the media and whatnot, but you have to pay attention to the task at hand and go out there and play football.”

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Eli Manning expressed support for Tom Brady in the wake of Thursday's Deflategate decision. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Eli Manning expressed support for Tom Brady in the wake of Thursday’s Deflategate decision. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Eli Manning said Thursday night that he was “happy” for Tom Brady, and “happy that he gets to play next week” when the regular season opens.

“It’s probably been a long few months for him,” Manning said shortly after the preseason finale Thursday at Gillette Stadium. “I’m happy he’ll be back on the field next week.”

Brady, who had his four-game suspension overturned Thursday morning, didn’t play Thursday evening against the Giants. Manning also didn’t suit up for the contest, the final preseason game of the summer for both teams.

Manning was happy for Brady, but didn’t sound overly shocked that the suspension was overturned.

“I don’t think anything surprises me,” he said. “But I saw that it got overturned, and (Tom’s) been dealing with a lot. So I’m glad he finally gets to play.”

As for his thoughts about the role that commissioner Roger Goodell played in the process, Manning shrugged.

“I try not to get took involved in all of that, without knowing all of the details,” he said. “What I’d say is that (the commissioner) has a job to do. But I’m glad Tom can play next week.”

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Christopher Price
Ryan Lindley likely made his first and only appearance in a Patriots uniform Thursday night. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Ryan Lindley likely made his first and only appearance in a Patriots uniform Thursday night. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — The one player on the Patriots who maybe wasn’t as thrilled as everyone else about the Tom Brady news was third-string quarterback Ryan Lindley.

While Lindley did say he was happy for Brady, it means with the Patriots having two quarterbacks in Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo available for Week 1, he likely will be released when the team cuts its roster down to the final 53 players by Saturday at 4 p.m.

Lindley, entering his fourth season in the league, has spent all four of those seasons as a backup so he knows what he’s in for.

“I think everybody – about 50 percent of the NFL – is under an uncertainty week to week,” Lindley said. “You learn to play with that, and a third-string, second-string, journeyman quarterback is in that group of people who kind of have some uncertainty. So I’ve dealt with that in the past couple of years, and you just control what you can control.

“And you kind of go out and put your best foot forward whether it be in practice, whether it was on scout team all the last three weeks while I was here or anything else to let these guys know that I’m a hard worker and a team player and I’m a good guy in the locker room. And the chips are going to fall where they will whether that’s here or some place else, and all I can do is put my best foot forward with what I’m doing on the football field.”

Overall for his career, he’s played in nine games (all with the Cardinals) and has thrown two touchdowns to go along with 11 interceptions.

Lindley got his first snaps Thursday as a Patriot since he arrived just a few days before the preseason opener last month. He went wire-to-wire in the Patriots’ 12-9 loss to the Giants going 22-for-45 for 253 yards, while throwing an interception.

“Here and there, there were definitely some throws I’d like back,” Lindley said. “Others were just kind of throw-aways, but there are always maybe a half dozen. You want to cut that down to play good football, but there’s stuff to build off of. And I’m happy with what I put out there effort-wise as well.”

He said he didn’t hear about the Brady news until he was in the locker room Thursday afternoon, as he was remaining focused on the game and didn’t want any distractions.

For Lindley, he will now likely be searching for another team early this coming week, but he was grateful for the opportunity to show the rest of the league what he can do.

“Like I told the guys beforehand, I was just excited to get out there and play.” he said. “That was kind of the idea, the attitude we all had going in.”

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FOXBORO — Count ex-teammate Shane Vereen as someone who is in Tom Brady‘s corner.

Shane Vereen is now with the Giants, but he still has a soft spot for Tom Brady. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Shane Vereen is now with the Giants, but he still has a soft spot for Tom Brady. (Elsa/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Count ex-teammate Shane Vereen as someone who is in Tom Brady‘s corner.

The former New England running back made his return to Gillette Stadium Thursday night for the first time since he signed a free-agent deal in the offseason with the Giants. And even thought he’s now a part of Big Blue, the 26-year-old still has a place in his heart for his old quarterback.

“He’s one of the few cats, (one of the) few guys in this league that will keep taking his backlashes but still get better and still work harder,” Vereen told WHDH-TV after the game, a 12-9 win for the Giants in the preseason finale for both teams. “(There are a) lot of guys in this league that would love to be like him as a competitor and as a great quarterback, I’m sure he’ll do well.”

Vereen, who ended up with just one carry on the night, said it was a “little surreal” to be back in Foxboro. The Cal product spent four seasons in New England before signing with the Giants a month after the Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX.

“It was fun — a little surreal for a while,” he said of Thursday’s action. “I had to snap out of it. It was fun being back and seeing everybody and being welcomed back with open arms.”

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FOXBORO — Even with Tom Brady‘s suspension being eliminated by Judge Richard Berman earlier on Thursday, the focus with the Patriots remained on the final preseason game against the Giants.

FOXBORO — Even with Tom Brady‘s suspension being eliminated by Judge Richard Berman earlier on Thursday, the focus with the Patriots remained on the final preseason game against the Giants.

Even after the game almost all the players who spoke didn’t address the matter and only wanted to talk about the players who played in the game — except for Reggie Wayne.

Wayne was asked if he was happy Brady will be available for Week 1 against the Steelers.

“Yeah. That’s my quarterback. So yeah, I am,” he said.

“All that I can say is that I’m happy that he’s available and I have to do my job of being available,” he added.

The 36-year-old said he hasn’t really been thinking much about Brady and his suspension since joining the team.

“I have enough on my plate. I’m excited he’s available, but Reggie has to take care of what Reggie has to take care of,” Wayne said. “That’s getting my playbook corrected on all the mistakes I had tonight and get better. I’ve only been here a week and a half or so, so like I said, I’m behind the eight-ball. I’m excited he’s available. I have to do my job though.”

The 15-year veteran was signed by the Patriots just over two weeks ago, so he knows he still has a lot of catching up to do.

“It’s starting to slow down a little bit,” Wayne said. “Still a lot to learn from. Still a lot I have to get accomplished. I’m still behind the eight-ball. I’m trying to find my swag. I’m going to slow down a little bit and I’m starting to catch on.”

Wayne unofficially played all 38 plays of the first half, but that was the end of his night. He finished with two catches for 25 yards on 10 targets. Even though he played just a half, he feels like he’s been around the league long enough to make sure he gets his body ready.

“It’s not my first rodeo. I’ve been down this road before,” he said. “I played in last week’s game, I played a half. ‘€¦ I know what I have to do. I know I have to take care of my body. As far as out there it will take care of itself. Everything else is just mental and knowing what to do and when to do it.”

With the Patriots’ depth at the wide receiver position lacking, especially Brandon LaFell (PUP) likely unavailable against the Steelers, Wayne will be forced into a sizable role.

“I don’t have a choice,” he said. “It’s going to be here regardless if I’m ready or not. There’s a lot of stuff I can learn from tonight. Like I said, I can still continue to prepare and get ready.”

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