The last time the Buffalo Bills faced the New England Patriots, they only saw a half of Tom Brady.
That was because, with nothing at stake, the Patriots sat their star quarterback (and other starters) for the second half in what turned out to be a 17-9 Buffalo victory in the 2014 regular-season finale at Foxborough, Mass.
The next time the Bills play New England, they won't see Brady at all, thanks to the NFL's decision Monday to suspend him for the first four games of the 2015 season for his role in violating rules by having footballs used in the AFC Championship Game deflated below minimum league standards.
The Patriots are scheduled to face the Bills in Orchard Park on Sept. 20, the second week of the schedule.
Second-year quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who played in the second half of last January's season-finale, is likely to get the start, but that could always change. Of course, predicting the Bills' starter for that game is more difficult, given that there is wide-open competition for the job between EJ Manuel and Matt Cassel.
Brady is due back for when the Bills and Patriots square off for the second time during the season on Monday night, Nov. 23, at Foxborough.