San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman plans to drop his appeal and serve a four-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
The Times reported that a deal between Merriman's lawyer and the NFL was being worked out Monday night. According to a person briefed on the discussions, the deal would allow Merriman to appear at team headquarters on Wednesday to address his teammates, the newspaper said.
Normally, a suspended NFL player is barred from his team's facilities.
The Times reported that if Merriman does not drop the appeal by noon Tuesday, he must proceed with the appeal, scheduled to be heard Nov. 7.
"I don't know what is going to happen yet and someone has already said I'm thinking about dropping the appeal and what not, but I still have to find out what is going on myself," Merriman told reporters on Monday. "I haven't decided anything yet. I'll find out sometime today [Monday] or tomorrow [Tuesday] what I am going to do, if I am going to do anything at all. It's just all part of the process."