Tom Brady takes field for Patriots' joint practice with Saints

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady joined his team in West Virginia on Wednesday for the team's joint practice with the New Orleans Saints.

Brady was spotted as the team took the field for a full-pads practice. Meanwhile, the federal court hearing regarding his four-game suspension will continue later Wednesday in New York with U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman.

According to multiple reports, Brady had planned to attend Wednesday's hearing in New York. On Tuesday, Brady and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell were in New York for another round of settlement talks with U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. Francis, who is working with Berman, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

But the sides "got nowhere," a source told Schefter. As a result, Brady opted to attend the team's practice on Wednesday.

Brady has missed two non-walk-through practices in training camp. In all, the Patriots have held 13 practices since camp officially opened July 30.

Brady and coach Bill Belichick have annually talked about how much they appreciate the hard work in joint practices, with players like Brady getting significantly more repetitions in competitive situations than they would otherwise.

Last week, in Thursday’s preseason opener, Brady started and played the first two series (which covered seven snaps). He finished 1-of-4 for 10 yards.

On Tuesday, the Patriots had already departed for West Virginia while Brady was still involved in settlement talks, so he met the team later. On Monday, Brady was seen talking with Belichick after practice for about 10 minutes on the far side of the field, which was rare in such a public setting.