The NFLPA, or NFL Players Association, has requested a federal judge for a temporary restraining order that would give suspended players access to rejoin their teams to play in the season openers.
The union filed the motion on Tuesday for New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith, former Saints linebacker Scott Fujita and free agent Anthony Hargrove. Suspended Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has already filed a similar suit.
All players want their suspensions to be thrown out because the process of their suspensions was flawed and “unfair”. U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan has stated that she finds the league’s punishments to be unfair and excessive.
The NFL has stuck to their guns, concluding that the Saints did in fact play under a bounty program from 2009 to 2011. All players have admitted to a pay-for-performance program for “big” plays, however they have denied that there existed a pay-to-injure program.