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Jonathan Vilma might seek injunction to keep playing

Lawyers for New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma have notified the judge hearing his defamation lawsuit against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that he will file an injunction challenging his season-long suspension if Goodell rules against his appeal.

Vilma's lawyers filed the notice with U.S. District Judge Helen G. Berrigan in federal court on Wednesday, according to WWL-TV.

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Following an investigation by the NFL, Vilma was suspended for the 2012 season for his role in the Saints' "bounty" program from 2009 to 2011.

Vilma then sued Goodell for defamation, claiming that the commissioner damaged his reputation and his ability to earn a living. Goodell has until July 5 to respond to the allegations.

Goodell held a hearing on the appeals of Vilma and three other players suspended in the bounty case on June 18. He has not said when he will announce his ruling.

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