FOXBOROUGH, Mass.— Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell participated in unsuccessful settlement talks on the Deflategate dispute in New York on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.The failure to strike a deal after about four hours of talks means a hearing will proceed as scheduled today. The talks occurred away from the Manhattan federal court handling the case, according to the AP. The location was not disclosed. Lawyers are scheduled to argue today whether it was fair for the NFL to suspend Brady for four games this season after Goodell concluded the QB conspired to deflate footballs before a playoff game. No ruling from U.S. District Judge Richard Berman is expected. Brady plans to be at Patriots practice in West Virginia instead, where New England is preparing with Saints players for a preseason game Saturday night. Berman has urged the league and the NFL Players Association, which is representing Brady, to settle. For Berman and his court, the world likely has more pressing problems than arguing over an arbitration ruling in a case involving accusations that game balls were deliberately deflated.The actions of the league and union, though, suggest the reverse. The NFL apparently wants to reinforce Goodell's broad authority to discipline players for damaging the integrity of the game. The league may also be betting that by continuing to fight in court, Brady will feel compelled to cut a deal to avoid serving some or all of his four-game suspension, which is scheduled to begin Sept. 10.In defending Brady, the union wants to push back at what it sees as Goodell's aggressive interpretation of his powers under the collective bargaining agreement. Brady, too, continues to deny that he had anything to do with efforts by two Patriots staffers to deflate the team's game balls at the AFC Championship Game in January."The NFL wants to make a statement and the Players Association wants to say, 'You've gone too far here,' " said Jason Bonk, a lawyer at Cozen O'Conner, who has represented teams, owners and athletes.For the judge, the central issue in the seven-month standoff is whether Goodell was allowed to hear Brady's appeal. Last month, Goodell upheld the suspension. SUSPENSION: The league suspended 49ers receiver Jerome Simpson without pay for the first six games of the season for violations of the league's substance-abuse policy. RAMS STADIUM: A Missouri board approved $15 million in tax credits for a new St. Louis stadium, part of a push by the state to counter efforts by Rams owner Stan Kroenke to move the team to Los Angeles. The Missouri Development Finance Board voted for the credits as the first step in a potential $50 million tax-credit plan over three years. BILLS: Running back LeSean McCoy hurt his left hamstring in practice and is having tests to determine the extent of the injury. Coach Rex Ryan said trainers informed him the hamstring is intact and has not been pulled off the bone. JETS: Quarterback Geno Smith isn't likely to be placed on injured reserve/designated for return and could return in about four weeks, general manager Mike McCagnan said. Smith had his jaw broken after being punched by former teammate IK Enemkpali. SEAHAWKS: Long snapper and U.S. Army veteran Nate Boyer was released. Boyer, 34, was signed as an undrafted free agent in May.