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First bounty-related arbitration hearing ends without decision on Saints suspensions

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer
The NFLPA recently filed two different grievances against the NFL for suspensions of various current and former Saints players stemming from the bounty scandal in New Orleans. More specifically, the first hearing dealt with whether or not the Saints should be cleared because the actions they were suspended for occurred before the new collective bargaining agreement was signed.

The first arbitration hearing took place on Wednesday in New York City, lasted more than two hours and concluded without arbitrator Shyam Das ruling.

According to reports from NFL.com, no further hearings in this particular grievance has been scheduled. (For more on the differences between the grievances, check out CBSSports.com's interview with NFLPA lawyer Jeffrey Kessler here.)

Kessler argued for the NFLPA, while NFL outside counsel Dan Nash handled the arguments for the league.

Das, per the Associated Press, has not determined or said when he would rule.

Anthony Hargrove (now of the Packers) and Scott Fujita (now with the Browns) attended the arbitration hearing. Will Smith and Jonathan Vilma (both still with the Saints) did not attend the hearing.

There is a separate arbitration hearing scheduled for May 30 in New York City relating to the second grievance filed by the union.
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