Jonathan Vilma asks court for expedited hearing so he can hit Saints camp
Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, who was suspended for 2012 and has since filed an injunction that would allow him to play this season, filed a motion to expedite the injunction hearing.
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Proving again that there’s no good offseason story that doesn’t include somebody bringing somebody else to court, Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, who was suspended for 2012 and has since filed an injunction that would allow him to play this season, has filed a motion to expedite the injunction hearing.
According to the New Orleans Times Picayune, Vilma has requested a hearing for Thursday (or, barring that, as soon as possible) so he could begin training camp with the Saints on July 24.
"Vilma will suffer real, immediate and irreparable injury in the absence of the injunctive relief sought,” wrote Peter Ginsberg, Vilma’s attorney, in the motion. "The NFL's decision to bar Vilma from participating in the 2012 season, attending team and individual meetings, training at the Saints' practice facility ... and collecting his salary will cause Vilma not only to lose his annual salary but also to miss one of the most competitive seasons of his short professional career. There is no opportunity to 'make up' this lost time. Vilma will simply never have the ability to participate in these lost games and practices again."
Vilma also has filed a defamation case against commissioner Roger Goodell -- who issued the suspension and then denied Vilma’s appeal. Not surprisingly, the NFL has called that lawsuit “improper.”
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