The NFL has opposed Jonathan Vilma‘s request for an expedited hearing as he attempts to delay or overturn his season-long suspension.
Tuesday’s motion filed in U.S. District Court in Louisiana claims that the New Orleans Saints linebacker did not “exhaust the dispute resolution procedures” in the collective bargaining agreement. Vilma was suspended by Commissioner Roger Goodell for his role in the team’s bounty program and has since sought a restraining order. He also has sued Goodell for defamation.
Vilma and the other three players suspended did not defend themselves at their appeals hearing before Goodell last month. Goodell then upheld the suspensions.
The NFL also says Vilma is incorrect in stating he can’t have the Saints’ medical staff monitor and guide his rehabilitation. He can, as long as it is at a private facility and not the team’s training complex.