Tom Brady's Deflategate drama drags on as the NFL and lawyers for Brady failed to reach a settlement Monday morning in federal court.

The New England Patriots quarterback and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appeared in federal court Monday as the NFL Players Association mulled over Brady's four-game Deflategate suspension.

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The NFL reported that the judge overseeing the case will not come to a decision Monday, though it could come as early as Tuesday or Wednesday.

Monday's hearing marked the third time Brady has had to miss a football practice to deal with the lawsuit, which is being handled in New York. 

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U.S. District Judge Richard Berman said he will likely decide whether to uphold or throw out the suspension within one or two days -- Friday at the latest, Reuters reported.

The Patriots open their season on Sept. 10 at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers.