Saints’ Smith, Vilma to attend bounty hearing

November 27, 2012, 10:32 PM

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

METAIRIE, La. — Saints defensive end Will Smith says he and linebacker Jonathan Vilma will be present Friday when their lawyers cross examine former New Orleans defensive co-ordinator Gregg Williams in Washington, D.C.

Williams appears at a bounty hearing on Friday morning, according to a schedule set by Paul Tagliabue. The former NFL commissioner has been appointed to oversee the latest round of player appeals in the matter.

Smith and Vilma will leave Atlanta after Thursday night’s game against the Falcons. They are among four players issued suspensions of various lengths in the league’s probe of the Saints’ cash-for-hits program. Smith and Vilma are playing while their appeals are pending.

Williams and former Saints assistant Mike Cerullo were two of the NFL’s central witnesses in the probe. Cerullo’s appearance is scheduled for Thursday.

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