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AP sources: Brady, Goodell meet in person for settlement talks; 'Deflategate' stays unresolved

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FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts — New England Patriots quarterback and NFL Commissioner met Tuesday to discuss settling the "Deflategate" legal case but were unsuccessful, two people familiar with the case told The Associated Press.

The failure to strike a deal after about four hours of talks means a Wednesday hearing will proceed as scheduled.

The people, who spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the case, said the talks occurred away from the Manhattan federal court handling the case. The location was not disclosed.

Lawyers are scheduled to argue Wednesday whether it was fair for the NFL to suspend Brady for four games this season after Goodell concluded he conspired to deflate footballs before a playoff game. No ruling from U.S. District Judge Richard Berman is expected.

Brady plans to be at Patriots practice in West Virginia instead, where New England is preparing with New Orleans Saints players for a preseason game Saturday night.

Brady missed practice on Tuesday.

Berman has been trying to move the sides toward a settlement of the dispute over deflated footballs that has morphed into never-ending offseason scandal. If there is no settlement, Berman will decide whether Brady's suspension remains in place at the start of the season.

Brady participated fully in practice on Monday. Second-year quarterback and recently signed veteran backup handled the snaps on Tuesday.

"Brady is a key part of this team, a leader," said Patriots cornerback . "There's nothing like having Brady out there. But if he's there or not, we're still going to work hard either way."

Lindley was signed Aug. 10 after the team released veteran .

"He comes to work," Lindley said of Brady. "I think the biggest thing, though, that has impressed me is his leadership. I think you see it out here on the practice field, and obviously it transfers onto the game field on Sundays."

Butler took advantage of the no-Brady day, nearly picking off a pass during 11-on-11 walk-through drills and drawing an on-field comment from coach .

"He just told me we needed that in a big-time situation," said Butler, who knows all about that after his clinching interception in the Super Bowl.


NOTES: Offensive lineman was present at practice, but was not in uniform. ... Wide receivers and joined running back on the bikes at the practice field. ... , wearing No. 74 in Monday's practice, switched back to his regular No. 29 on Tuesday. ... Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Rutgers coach was spotted at practice for the second straight day.


Neumeister reported from New York.

PHOTO: FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady arrives at federal court in New York. Tom Brady wasn't on the practice field with the New England Patriots on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, a day before the court hearing for the NFL and the players' union.  Both sides are due in federal court for the hearing Wednesday in New York with Judge Richard M. Berman over the quarterback's four-game suspension by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady arrives at federal court in New York. Tom Brady wasn't on the practice field with the New England Patriots on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, a day before the court hearing for the NFL and the players' union. Both sides are due in federal court for the hearing Wednesday in New York with Judge Richard M. Berman over the quarterback's four-game suspension by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

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