Tom Brady‘s appeal for his role in DeflateGate won’t be determined by Wednesday’s 10-day deadline, two people familiar with the situation tell Rob Maaddi of The Associated Press. The collective bargaining agreement calls for appeals to be scheduled within ten days of filing, but the league and the NFLPA can agree on delaying the hearing.
It’s not immediately clear why the hearing has been held off. One could speculate that the holiday weekend has delayed the process somewhat. There could also be out-of-hearing discussions between the two parties, though it’s hard to see a settlement coming together right now given the ugliness that has transpired over the last couple of weeks.
Brady is contesting a four-game suspension handed to him for his role in the Patriots’ scandal. The team is also paying a rather stiff penalty that includes $1MM in fines and the loss of two draft picks, one of which is a first-round selection.