NEW YORK (Reuters) - The National Football League began meeting with a federal judge on Wednesday to provide a closed-door update on the status of settlement talks with the players union in their dispute over New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's "Deflategate" suspension.
U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan was expected to meet with the union following his meeting with the NFL.
Berman on Tuesday had ordered the private briefings ahead of a previously scheduled hearing in litigation that could determine whether Brady's ban is upheld.
The hearing will be attended by Brady and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, whose decision on July 28 to reject the 38-year-old four-time Super Bowl champion's appeal prompted the lawsuit. Both men were seen entering the courthouse earlier on Wednesday.
(Reporting by Nate Raymond; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)