The NFL is expected to make disciplinary decisions “soon” regarding the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady, according to a person familiar with the sport’s inner workings.

An investigation determined that team employees probably violated league rules deliberately in the Deflategate scandal and Brady probably was aware of the activities.

Possible penalties include a fine and the loss of draft picks for the Pats, according to that person, who said discipline for Brady also is being considered.

But according to that person, it’s not clear yet whether the NFL will treat the Patriots as repeat offenders under the rules on potential discipline.

A high-ranking official with another NFL team, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said his “guess” is Brady will be suspended “for a few games,” and the Patriots will be fined and lose a draft pick or picks.

In 2007, Commissioner Roger Goodell fined Coach Bill Belichick and the Patriots a total of $750,000 and stripped the team of a first-round draft pick in the “Spygate” scandal. The Patriots were found to have videotaped opposing coaching signals.

Goodell then sent a memo to the league’s competition committee in 2008 proposing to lower the burden of proof in cases involving the sport’s competitive rules and vowing tougher disciplinary measures.

If the Patriots are treated as repeat offenders under the competitive rules, that potentially would increase the penalties.

It also is unclear to what extent the recent league rulings regarding violations of the competitive rules by the Atlanta Falcons and Cleveland Browns will serve as precedents for the Patriots.

The Falcons, found guilty of using artificial crowd noise at home games, were fined $350,000 and stripped of a fifth-round pick in next year’s draft. The team president, Rich McKay, was suspended from the league’s competition committee even after the NFL concluded McKay wasn’t aware of the use of fake noise. The league would have suspended the employee responsible for the infraction for eight games if he had remained with the team, the NFL said.

The Browns were fined $250,000 and their general manager, Ray Farmer, was suspended without pay from the first four games of the 2015 season for improper in-game texting.

A person on the players’ side of the sport said the disciplinary measures against Brady and the Patriots are expected to be “moderate.” Of the possibility of Brady being suspended, that person said: “Probably not.”

Attorney Ted Wells investigated allegations the Patriots used under-inflated footballs in the first half of their victory over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship game.

Wells wrote in his report, released Wednesday, it is “more probable than not” that the Patriots violated league rules via the actions of John Jastremski, an equipment assistant for the team, and Jim McNally, the team-appointed attendant for the officials’ locker room.

Investigators concluded, Wells wrote, that “it is more probable than not that Tom Brady was at least generally aware” of the actions of Jastremski and McNally in improperly deflating footballs. Wells wrote that investigators found no wrongdoing by Belichick, his assistant coaches or the owner, Robert Kraft.

Brady’s agent, Don Yee, was highly critical of the investigation and Wells’ report in a written statement Thursday. Yee called the report “a significant and terrible disappointment,” and said its “omission of key facts and lines of inquiry suggest the investigators reached a conclusion first, and then determined so-called facts later.”

The agent criticized the league, which was alerted by the Colts prior to the game to the possibility of the Patriots using under-inflated footballs while on offense.

“This suggests it may be more probable than not that the league cooperated with the Colts in perpetrating a sting operation,” Yee said.

Yee said he attended Brady’s interview with investigators and the Wells’ report, he said, “omitted nearly all of Tom’s testimony, most of which was critical because it would have provided this report with the context that it lacks.”

Said Yee: “This report contains significant and tragic flaws, and it is common knowledge in the legal industry that reports like this generally are written for the benefit of the purchaser.”

Several people from around the league contacted about the possible penalties being faced by Brady and the Patriots declined to comment publicly. Most said they strongly favored penalties being imposed but opinion was divided on how severe such disciplinary measures should be.

It’s unclear if Belichick faces possible discipline. He was cleared of wrongdoing by Wells. But in other cases, such as New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton being suspended in his team’s bounty scandal and McKay being suspended from the competition committee in connection to the Falcons’ fake-crowd-noise infraction, supervisors have been penalized by the NFL without being found to have been directly involved in the violations.

It appears possible that penalties also could result if the league faults the Patriots for failing to cooperate fully with Wells’ investigation.

Wells wrote that the Patriots cooperated but also cited an instance in which the team’s lawyer refused to schedule a requested follow-up interview with McNally.

Kraft said in a written statement released Wednesday that McNally “had already been interviewed four times and we felt the fifth request for access was excessive for a part-time game day employee who has a full-time job with another employer.”

Wells wrote that Brady “appeared for a requested interview and answered questions voluntarily” but “declined to make available any documents or electronic information (including text messages and emails) that we requested. “