Jonathan Vilma has had his hearing to delay his suspension moved up to July 26, a week earlier than the original hearing. The Saints open their training camp on July 26, and Vilma is allowed to attend camp while he is suspended. His attorneys have also asked for a temporary restraining order before camp opens. The NFL's claim is that Vilma did not, in their words, "exhaust the dispute resolution procedures" in the NFL's collective bargaining agreement.
Vilma and his coaches continue to refute the NFL's claim that Vilma ever placed a bounty on an opposing player, offering up a cash payment for an injury. The NFL had an appeal hearing for Vilma and the other players suspended in the bounty scandal case, and none of them chose to attend that hearing to defend themselves. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell upheld their suspensions at that hearing.