A New York judge has reiterated that he'll rule by Friday whether New England quarterback Tom Brady must serve a four-game suspension for "Deflategate."

Judge Richard Berman issued a one-sentence order Tuesday saying he planned to rule by Friday whether the NFL properly followed its collective bargaining agreement with players when it suspended Brady for his role in using underinflated footballs in a playoff game. He said at a hearing Monday attended by Brady and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that he hoped to rule Tuesday or Wednesday, but would decide by Friday for sure.

Manziel resting

Quarterback Johnny Manziel said doctors consulted by the Browns about an elbow issue that dates back to his freshman or sophomore year at Texas A&M have not mentioned surgery for the problem that will sideline him from the final two preseason games.

Manziel seemed confident that what he described as "elbow/forearm soreness, just some tendinitis" will not be an issue during the regular season.

"It kind of comes and goes," Manziel said Tuesday. "In the offseason, it's really not usually much of a problem. OTAs wasn't much of a problem, and then, as we get into camp, it's a little bit of a grind. We are throwing every day. As I get a little bit more rest, it gets back to normal."

He appreciated that Browns coach Mike Pettine and trainer Joe Sheehan wanted to shut him down and give him a break.

Asked how the elbow was feeling, Manziel said, "Really well, really good. I think the past couple days have been good progress getting it back to where it needs to be."

On Aug. 26, Coach Mike Pettine indicated Manziel likely would be shut down for the rest of the preseason.


•Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas is expected to miss the first three games of the season following hand surgery.

•Jets tight end Jace Amaro was placed on injured reserve, ending his season because of a torn labrum in his shoulder.

•Giants defensive lineman Jason Pierre-Paul was put on the reserve/franchise tag list.

•The Browns cut former 2011 first-round draft pick Phil Taylor and swallowed his $5.5 million beefy contract.

•Tom Scott, a two-time Pro Bowl linebacker for the Eagles, died. He was 84. A Pro Bowl selection in 1957 and 1958, Scott played 12 years in the NFL.