UPDATED, 3:50 p.m. ET: After little progress was made in settlement talks on Tuesday between Tom Brady, the NFL and the players' union, the star quarterback has changed his mind and decided to join the New England Patriots for their practice Wednesday in West Virginia -- a joint workout with the New Orleans Saints -- rather than attend the hearing.
The continued fallout from Deflategate led to some deflating news on Tuesday: Tom Brady isn't expected to join the New England Patriots for their practice with the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia.
Brady will instead attend the latest court hearing in his attempt to overturn a four-game suspension, as first reported by USA Today. It's unclear if Brady will make it back in time for Thursday's practice.
Though these particular circumstances are unusual, Saints coach Sean Payton said it's perfectly normal for players to miss out on such sessions -- as many of New Orleans' starters will as they nurse injuries. That group includes big names such as running back C.J Spiller, safety Jairus Byrd and very likely will include former Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner, who has been sidelined by a leg injury since last week's preseason opener.
"Look, just the opportunity to go against another opponent [is valuable]. And I look at it to some degree, 'Hey, we get a chance to go against a team that just won a Super Bowl,'" said Payton, who pointed out that it was flipped back in 2010 when the Saints first held joint practices with the Patriots on the heels of New Orleans' Super Bowl win.
The teams also practiced together in 2012.
"I think the bigger picture is the vision both staffs and organizations are trying to get accomplished, and that permeates the teams," Payton said. "Communication, the understanding as to the drills, what we're trying to get out of them, and not all the other B.S. Sometimes that can go on with a joint practice."