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New Orleans Saints Jonathan Vilma's injunction might be fruitless; NFL responds

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August, 16, 2009; Metarie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma (51) walks off the field during the Saints training camp at the teams practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Matt Stamey-US PRESSWIRE

New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma recently filed an injunction for temporary restraining order to halt his suspension for the time being.  That order he is requesting could be dead in water though with a response the NFL filed.

Vilma has been at the forefront of a legal battle that Saints fans have followed so blindly and furiously that it almost will rival the battle speech in the movie “Braveheart”.  Vilma could end up like Mel Gibson did at the end of the movie as well.

I say that with no disrespect for Vilma, but as I recently discussed the issue with Josh Pacheco on ESPN 1420, at the end of the day everything that he is fighting for is covered in the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement (CBA).

Every argument that Vilma has brought forth is shot down because of the CBA allowing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to basically have the final word on player discipline.

The one thing that I have thought Vilma did have a chance at is his civil defamation suit he filed against Goodell and that’s only because the Commissioner doesn’t have control over that.

With all his legal avenues exhausted, Vilma has tried to file the restraining order with the plausible argument that any time away from the Saints trainers and doctors will severely hamper the rehabilitation of his injured knee.

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