NFL Players Association asks judge for order to allow play

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NEW ORLEANS — The NFL Players Association asked a federal judge for a temporary restraining order that would allow players suspended in connection with the NFL’s bounty investigation to rejoin their teams in time to play regular season openers.

The union filed the motion on behalf of New Orleans defensive end Will Smith, Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita and free agent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove, arguing that the players will suffer irreparable harm if they are forced to miss games while their case against the league proceeds.

Suspended Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma already had filed a similar motion when his full-season suspension began earlier. The other three players’ suspensions began this week.

The players want their suspensions thrown out because they argue the disciplinary process was fundamentally flawed and unfair.

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