The New England Patriots showed the country they are putting Deflategate behind them - while two staff members are fighting for their jobs.
The NFL Executive Vice President has formally requested to meet with the New England Patriots staffers that were suspended amid the Deflategate scandal, NFL.com reports.
Troy Vincent reportedly plans to meet with equipment staffer John Jastremski and locker room attendant Jim McNally before either is considered to be reinstated by the franchise.
The Patriots had made a written request for their reinstatement last week.
Last week, Tom Brady voiced his sympathy for the staff members on WEEI radio.
"I feel terrible, like I said the other day, for what they have been put through, what their family's been put through," he said. "I know what my family has been put through and what's happened so, like I said I just feel terrible that they're not with their team."
Brady is now free to play this season since a federal judge nullified his four-game suspension in connection with the incident. The layoff doesn't seem to have hurt him - he was excellent in the Patriots' season opener, a 28-21 victory over the Steelers.