Brady plans to attend Wednesday’s federal court hearing in front of U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman in New York, even though it’s voluntary, a source told USA Today’s Tom Pelissero.
Brady was absent from the Patriots’ walk-through practice Tuesday. The Patriots travel to West Virginia on Tuesday afternoon in preparation for Wednesday and Thursday’s joint practices with the New Orleans Saints.
The NFL is mum on whether commissioner Roger Goodell plans to attend Wednesday’s settlement conference.
Missing two consecutive practices could put Brady’s status for Saturday’s preseason game against the Saints in question.
Brady took the majority of practice reps Monday, then he spent 15 minutes talking to Patriots coach Bill Belichick after the training camp session ended. Jimmy Garoppolo took all practice reps Tuesday while Ryan Lindley looked on.
Berman is urging Brady and the NFL to settle, though based on their respective court filingsFriday, it appears the parties still are a ways apart. If Brady and the NFL can’t reach a settlement, then Berman will decide by Sept. 4 if the four-game suspension should be upheld.
Per Albert Breer, Brady isn’t required to be at court tomorrow, but he did show up today for a meeting with Goodell to discuss a settlement but those talks went nowhere…
Per source, with settlement talks at a standstill, the judge informed Patriots QB Tom Brady there’s no need for him to be there tomorrow.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 18, 2015
Roger Goodell, Tom Brady and lawyers met today in settlement talks with Magistrate Judge James Francis, but “got nowhere”, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 18, 2015