New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's appeal of his 4-game suspension heads to court this week.
Brady has a conference scheduled for 11 a.m. on Wednesday in federal district court in New York City. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith are expected to be there as well.
According to The Boston Globe, Judge Richard Berman will oversee the hearing. Berman is trying to get the two sides to reach a settlement.
A second session is scheduled for Aug. 19.
A report commissioned by the league found that Brady was "generally aware" that team employees deflated footballs before last season's AFC title game.
Brady and the Patriots open up their preseason schedule on Thursday against the Green Back Packers.