Tom Brady is back.
The New England Patriots quarterback returned from a four-game suspension Monday stemming from Deflategate.
Brady isn't the only player coming off a four-game ban*:
- Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich served a four-game suspension after testing positive for a banned substance. Ninkovich suffered a triceps injury in August, but NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports Ninkovich is now healthy and could possibly play this Sunday.
- The trenches get upgraded on both sides of the ball in Buffalo. Bills OT Seantrel Henderson returns from serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
- San Francisco 49ers OLB Aaron Lynch was suspended four games for violating the substance-abuse policy. With injuries taking their toll, Chip Kelly's defense gets its best pass rusher back.
- Falcons cornerback Jalen Collins was suspended four games for violating the policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Collins will be a rotational player in Atlanta's back end.
- Running back Karlos Williams was suspended four games for violating the substance-abuse policy. Williams is currently a free agent. Now that his suspension is over a team could decide the power back is worth the risk. The question is whether Williams is in shape after sitting out a month.
- Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon remains on the reserve/suspended by commissioner list until further notice, a source informed of the situation told Rapoport. Gordon was initially scheduled to return this week as part of the terms of his reinstatement by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell before announcing Thursday he was entering rehab.
- Armonty Bryant was suspended four games for violating the policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Rapoport reported Monday that the Browns released Bryant. The defensive tackle could be facing further penalty after a July misdemeanor drug charge.
- Johnny Manziel's four-game suspension games for violating the substance-abuse policy is over. The ex-Browns quarterback is a free agent. Manziel has several hurdles to leap before an NFL team gives him another shot.
*Teams getting players back will likely request and receive roster exemptions for returning players.