NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was hearing the appeals Monday of four players suspended for their role in the Saints bounty program.
On hand at NFL headquarters were all four players: Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, who was suspended for the 2012 season, and defensive end Will Smith, docked for four games; Green Bay defensive end Anthony Hargrove, suspended for eight games; and Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita (three games).
Lawyers for the players and the NFL Players Association also attended. The union recently lost two grievances challenging Goodell's authority to hand out discipline for the bounty program.
Smith, Hargrove, and Fujita and their attorneys all arrived together. Vilma and his lawyer showed up separately. Asked what he expected from the hearing, Vilma replied: ''I have no idea.''
The NFL turned over evidence to the four players and the union on Friday, as required by the collective bargaining agreement. That information included some 200 pages of documents, wi...