NEW ORLEANS – The NFL expects to hold hearings this week on appeals filed in connection with the investigation of the Saints bounty system, a league spokesman said.
Greg Aiello said Sunday in an email to The Associated Press that he could not confirm who has appealed, citing league policies. He also could not provide the particular days or times that hearings would be held, saying the league leaves announcements of such particulars to those who are filing the appeals.
Head coach Sean Payton is appealing his season-long suspension, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
General manager Mickey Loomis is appealing his eight-game suspension, assistant head coach Joe Vitt is appealing his six-game suspension and the club is appealing its $500,000 fine and loss of second-round draft picks in 2012 and 2013.
The appeals will be heard by Commissioner Roger Goodell in New York.
ESPN reported Sunday Payton and Loomis would meet with the commissioner Tuesday, but a Saints spokesman could not confirm that.
The NFL Players Association told players involved in the bounty case theres a chance they could face criminal charges and it has hired outside counsel, two people familiar with the case told the AP. The NFLPA also suggested that players have a lawyer and union representative present when theyre interviewed by NFL investigators.
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