Josh Boyce

Josh Boyce

FOXBORO — Tom Brady was just one of 12 players not spotted at Patriots practice on Monday in shorts and shells outside Gillette Stadium.

While Brady was down in New York City attending a settlement hearing with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in front of federal judge Richard Berman, there were several players missing. Most notable might be wide receiver Josh Boyce, who did not get a single snap in the game against the Saints or Panthers.

Also not seen were the following players who are nursing injuries: Brandon LaFell, Darryl Roberts, James Develin, Bryan Stork, Joe Vellano and Chris Jones. Receiver Jonathan Krause, offensive lineman Chris Barker and linebacker Dekoda Watson were also not seen.

The practice was just a one-hour walkthrough as the team and front office prepare to cut the roster down from 84 players to 75 by Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline.

One of those cuts already took place as tight end Jimmy Mundine was reportedly given his release, getting the roster down to 83.

The Patriots will have practice again on Tuesday and a walkthrough Wednesday before playing their final preseason game Thursday night at Gillette Stadium against the Giants.

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Mike Petraglia

No settlement was reached in Deflategate on Monday, but Judge Richard Berman told both Tom Brady and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell that he expects to make a decision in the case Tuesday or Wednesday, or “definitely” by Friday.

No settlement was reached in Deflategate on Monday, but Judge Richard Berman told both Tom Brady and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell that he expects to make a decision in the case Tuesday or Wednesday, or “definitely” by Friday.

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Christopher Price
Jimmay Mundine

Jimmay Mundine

The Patriots informed tight end Jimmay Mundine of his release Monday morning, according to NESN.

The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder was signed as a rookie free agent in June following an impressive college career at Kansas where he played in 45 games with 19 starts and finished his career with 86 receptions for 1,082 yards and 11 touchdowns, the most by a tight end in school history.

Mundine has three catches for 26 yards this preseason.

The Patriots need to get their roster down to 75 players by Tuesday at 4 p.m.

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Christopher Price

Giants owner John Mara was among those in the courtroom for Monday morning’s Deflategate hearing, after Judge Richard Berman expressed an interest in getting the chairman of the NFL’s chief executive committee involve

Giants owner John Mara was among those in the courtroom for Monday morning’s Deflategate hearing, after Judge Richard Berman expressed an interest in getting the chairman of the NFL’s chief executive committee involved in settlement talks.

NFL attorneys initially rejected the idea of having Mara involved, as they want to keep the hearing’s focus on whether commissioner Roger Goodell has the authority to rule on Tom Brady‘s discipline, and not whether the discipline was fair or not.

It also was suggested that there could be a conflict of interest, as the Patriots’ fourth game is against one of the Giants‘ key rivals, the Cowboys, and that game would be part of Brady’s suspension as it currently stands.

In an interview with New York radio station WFAN earlier this month, Mara rejected the idea that owners put pressure on Goodell to be harsh with Brady’s punishment.

“I don’t think that’s accurate,” Mara said (via nj.com). “I don’t think any of us [owners] have put any pressure on him. I think he’s trying to do what’s right here. He has a tough job to do here. It’s arguably the highest-profile player in the league on a Super Bowl championship team and nobody wants to see this happen. But his job is to enforce the rules the same way and consistently with all players. And that’s what he’s trying to do.”

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Jerry Spar

Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio checked in with Dennis & Callahan on Monday as the team heads into the final week of the preseason. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Nick Caserio

Nick Caserio

Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio checked in with Dennis & Callahan on Monday as the team heads into the final week of the preseason. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

The Patriots need to part ways with nine players to get to their roster to the league-mandated 75 by Tuesday afternoon. Then they have to be at 53 at the end of the week, after the final preseason game.

Caserio said the team still is determining which players are most worth keeping.

“We’re getting closer. Probably a better idea today or tomorrow,” he said. “There’s a lot of factors that go into it just in terms of overall player ability, and there’s some other factors that go into it.”

Added Caserio: “We spend a lot of time as a staff, really on a daily basis. You go through, you watch every play at practice, you go through every game. And ultimately you’re trying to, when you get down to 53 you just identify the right 53 players. … It’s an ongoing discussion. It’s not something where ultimately we just roll out of bed and wake up and say, ‘It’s time to move on from this player.’ Every player is different.

“Really, you look at everything — their progress on the field, how they perform off the field, their strength and conditioning. Everything that you can imagine as it relates to being a good football player or different aspects of our program. Those are the things that you try to sort through. And really you just try to make the decisions that we feel are best for the team moving forward.”

Caserio has been with the Patriots since 2001, serving as a personnel executive, a scout and an assistant coach at various points during his tenure in New England. He said what he’s learned from Bill Belichick has been invaluable.

“Nobody works harder than Coach Belichick,” said Caserio, whose voice sounds similar to Belichick’s. “I’ve been fortunate to be in this organization, this will be my 15th season. Everything that I’ve learned in football I’ve learned from him and watched him. He works so hard. He has really a grasp of every aspect of the football operation, whether that’s college scouting, game-planning, contracts, you name it, he’s at the pulp of it. Really, it’s a blend of sort of short-term focus, like, ‘These are the thing we need to do today in order to improve as a football team,’ and then as an extension, once we start preparing for the opponent and for the regular season, ‘All right, these are the things that are most important and most critical for us to win.’

“And he really tries to boil it down to the simplest — I mean, look, there’s a lot that goes into it, ‘Do this, do that,’ but ultimately he tries to pinpoint, ‘All right, here are the things that we need to do on a daily basis and a weekly basis in order to be successful as a team. We go back at the end of the game and figure out, ‘OK, well, we didn’t do this well, we didn’t do this well.’ But he spends so much time and he’s so ultra-focused on ultimately trying to put the best team together, try to put the team in the best position possible on a daily basis in order to be effective and successful. And it’s fun to see that. It’s fun to be around it. And like I’ said, I’ve learned an immense amount of football in the time that I’ve been here, and I’m just honored and privileged to be able to work with him and for him.”

Caserio said he sees no signs that Belichick is ready to hang up his coach’s whistle in the near future.

“I think Bill enjoys every aspect of the football process, the football operation, and he invests a lot of time, and he genuinely is fully invested,” Caserio said. “Whenever that point in time comes when he doesn’t have that feeling, then ultimately he’ll make that decision to move on. But this isn’t a guy that comes in and he’s trying to just dip his toe in the water. He’s fully invested, he jumps right in. And until that dissipates, then I don’t see him walking away anytime soon. … To be around him on a daily basis, to see the amount of energy and focus that he has into football and to this team, it doesn’t appear to be somebody that just says, ‘I’m ready to walk away.’ ”

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Jerry Spar

While it’€™s debatable whether or not he’€™ll play in this week’€™s preseason finale against the Giants, here’€™s a look at Tom Brady‘€™s workload and production level in the fourth preseason game of the summer, dating back to 2002:

2014: DNP
2013: DNP
2012: DNP
2011: 5-for-9, 116 yards, 15 snaps vs. Giants
2010: 4-for-8, 51 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 13 snaps vs. Giants
2009: DNP
2008: DNP
2007: DNP
2006: DNP
2005: DNP
2004: DNP
2003: 8-for-10, 63 yards, 1 TD, 12 snaps vs. Bears
2002: 7-for-10, 59 yards, 20 snaps vs. Redskins

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Christopher Price

Watching Patriots fullback James Develin leave the Carolina turf on a cart during the fourth quarter of Friday’s third preseason game, it was clear he had sustained a serious injury.

Reports after the game said Develin broke his right tibia and coach Bill Belichick didn’t have any update on Saturday’s conference call.

The Brown product took to Twitter Sunday night to express his gratitude towards Patriots fans and said he will work as hard as he can to get back on the field.

The tweet read: Thank you to my friends, family and #Patriotsnation for all the love and support the past few days. Your kind words truly mean the world to me, and the loyalty I’ve felt from all his been amazing. Rest assured I’ll work my ass off day by day along side my teammates to get back and prepare for this new season! Go Pats!!

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Ryan Hannable