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Report: No deal between Vilma and NFL before court ruling

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New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and the NFL will not be settling their differences out of court after all. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that there will be no deal.

On Monday, multiple reports had a settlement near between Jonathan Vilma and the NFL that would reduce the suspension of the Saints linebacker.

In a statement released later that day the NFL denied that Vilma was offered a settlement deal.  

"Today's report about a settlement offer by the league to Jonathan Vilma is completely inaccurate. No such settlement offer has been made. We will continue to respect the court proceedings on this matter and have no further comment at this time," league spokesman Greg Aiello said.

A settlement could also have lead to the reductions in the suspensions of Packers defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove (eight games), Saints defensive end Will Smith (four games) and Browns linebacker Scott Fujita (three games).

Sources told Schefter that some believe there's a "good chance" U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan will issue a decision on the TRO on Friday or shortly thereafter.

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