With the league awaiting Roger Goodell’s ruling on Tom Brady‘s appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate, the NFL Players Association apparently is preparing for its next move.

According to a report from ABC News legal analyst Ryan Smith, the NFLPA will head to federal court to challenge the league if Brady still is suspended for any games.

Brady met with Goodell last month at NFL headquarters in New York to plead his case.

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Jerry Spar

We all know what Gronk’s been up to lately, but what about the rest of the Patriots? Here are some of their recent tweets about what they’ve done with their summer vacation:

Julian Edelman certainly started off his summer with a bang when he got the chance to direct the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall. Maybe they recruited him after watching him direct the offense.

More recently, we learned that Edelman is incredibly passionate about Shark Week.

Edelman’s partner in crime Danny Amendola has been enjoying some backstage action with guitarist Gary Clark Jr.

Devin McCourty and his brother Jason made their way to Bristol, Connecticut as they made multiple studio appearances for ESPN last Thursday.

Apparently, Dont’a Hightower has struggled with his newfound fame as a Super Bowl champion.

Chandler Jones has been trying his hand on the links and providing entertainment for all those involved.

Aside from following the U.S. rugby team, Nate Ebner’s been enjoying the spotlight on the diamond.

Marcus Cannon’s got the right idea.

“Vacation” isn’t in Super Bowl heroes’ vocabulary.

Marcus Forston and Co. have been enjoying their time outdoors before practice begins.

Aaron Dobson proving that pro athletes can enjoy dinosaurs just as much as the next person.

Logan Ryan’s been content with watching his alma mater dominate the sports world of late.

Everyone needs it, even Jamie Collins.

The west coast seems to be treating Ryan Allen well.

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Justin Pallenik

Patriots linebacker Dont’€™a Hightower told ESPN.com Monday that his shoulder recovery is ahead of schedule and that he hopes to play in New England’€™s season-opener.

Dont'a Hightower

Dont’a Hightower

Patriots linebacker Dont’€™a Hightower told ESPN.com Monday that his shoulder recovery is ahead of schedule and that he hopes to play in New England’€™s season-opener.

Hightower, who had surgery on the shoulder in February, was expected to miss six to seven months. He said he doesn’€™t have a target date, but that his recovery is ‘€œgoing great’€ and that his fingers are crossed for Sept. 10.

“I’ve seen doc, and everything is going great right now,’€ Hightower said. ‘€œI’€™m right on track, if not a little ahead of schedule. It’s something that’s going to take time. I can’t say ‘three weeks’ or whatever. It feels great. I’m doing good. Doc loved everything. He said I’m ahead of schedule, so I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing.”

As for Tom Brady, Hightower expressed a preference to have his quarterback on the field with him when the season starts. Brady and the rest of the league are awaiting word on the appeal of Brady’€™s four-game suspension.

“Obviously, I would rather him not be suspended,” Hightower said. “It’s out of my hands and it’s way out of my pay grade. We’re just sitting and waiting, I guess.”

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WEEI

Another former teammate is backing quarterback Tom Brady for his role in Deflategate. This time it is former wide receiver Randy Moss.

Randy Moss defended Tom Brady for his role in Deflategate. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Randy Moss defended Tom Brady for his role in Deflategate. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Another former teammate is backing quarterback Tom Brady for his role in Deflategate. This time it is former wide receiver Randy Moss.

“I’ve always stood in Tom’s corner,” Moss said to the Fay Observer. “I called myself a professional but that man was definitely a letter grade above me.”

Brady was suspended four-games for his role in Deflategate, something Moss seems to disagree with.

“Over some air?” Moss said. “If he did it, so what? He hasn’t shown me anything but how he carries himself as a professional man, husband, father and athlete.

“Tom Brady is a pro’s pro. I love the man and everything he’s accomplished.”

Moss finished his four-year career with the Patriots totaling 259 catches for 3,904 yards and 50 touchdowns, including 23 in the historic 2007 season.

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Ryan Hannable
Snoop Dogg called Tom Brady a friend on Sunday at the All-Star celebrity game. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Snoop Dogg called Tom Brady a friend on Sunday at the All-Star celebrity game. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

CINCINNATI — Snoop Dogg was the star of the 2015 All-Star celebrity softball game Sunday night at Great American Ballpark, which will be aired on ESPN following the Home Run Derby on Monday.

The singer and songwriter was all over the field, diving over the fence in the outfield at times, running the bases aggressively and even saw some time on the mound.

Apparently, Snoop Dogg is friends with someone else stars on the field — Tom Brady.

When asked what his thoughts were about Brady and his role in Deflategate, Snoop Dogg made it clear what side he was on.

“He’s my friend and I love him,” Snoop Dogg said of Brady to WEEI.com.

Snoop Dogg was a member of the National League team, which fell to the American League in a close game, coming down to the final inning.

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Ryan Hannable

CINCINNATI — Like every NFL quarterback, Andy Dalton has been following the Tom Brady saga this offseason closely.

Tom Brady and Andy Dalton (14) hug after the game at Gillette Stadium on Oct. 5, 2014.  (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Tom Brady and Andy Dalton (14) hug after the game at Gillette Stadium on Oct. 5, 2014. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

CINCINNATI — Like every NFL quarterback, Andy Dalton has been following the Tom Brady saga this offseason closely.

Speaking to WEEI.com Sunday after smashing two home runs in the celebrity All-Star softball game, the Bengals quarterback said it’s hard to guess what NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will do when he hands down his decision on Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate.

“I don’t know what to expect,” Dalton said. “I don’t know what all went on in those meetings so I’m going to let the league and his side handle all that.”

While other quarterbacks are relaxing and using the summer to recharge their batteries, Dalton said he sympathizes with Brady because it’s an unusual distraction he has to deal with in the offseason.

“For him, it’s another thing he has to think about right now,” Dalton said. “Hopefully at the end of this, he won’t have to worry about this anymore.”

Dalton has led the Bengals to the playoffs in each of his four seasons in the NFL but has lost in the first round each time. This past season, Dalton and the Bengals were 3-0 and the 2-2 Patriots were coming off a 41-14 loss in Kansas City. The 43-17 thumping on Oct. 5 at Gillette Stadium by a fired-up Brady left an impression on Dalton, as the Patriots used the meeting as a springboard to fourth Super Bowl title.

Dalton said Sunday it would be great to get another chance to face Brady. If that were to happen, it would be in the AFC playoffs since the Bengals are not on the Patriots’ schedule this season.

“It’d be great,” Dalton said. “He’s obviously a good player and they’re a good team. But you have to play those types of teams if you want to get where you want to go.”

As for his two softball home runs Sunday?

“It’s a lot of fun,” Dalton said. “It’s fun to be out here with everybody. You get to play a softball game. It’s pretty cool.”

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Mike Petraglia

The fate of Tom Brady‘s appeal may be announced this week by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell but the quarterback himself hardly looks worried.

Brady’s wife Gisele posted a picture Sunday of Brady lying on a golf course in some resort area with mountains as a scenic backdrop. He is holding their daughter Vivian.

Brady is waiting to hear if Goodell will reduce his four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate.

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WEEI