Goodell, Sen. Durbin to meet about bounties

WASHINGTON -- A high-ranking senator will meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to talk about bounties in professional football.

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The office of Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, said Tuesday that he and Goodell will meet for about 15 minutes Wednesday, then appear together at a news conference.

The NFL has suspended players and coaches who were with the New Orleans Saints when the league says the team's bounty system was in place from 2009 to 2011, awarding cash for big hits.

On Monday, players Anthony Hargrove, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Jonathan Vilma attended appeals hearings with Goodell.

Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press

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