Judge gives up on a players, NFL bounty settlement

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge says she doubts there are any prospects for a settlement in the case of four NFL players challenging their bounty suspensions.

In an order on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan, who had urged all sides to settle, now asks for more filings pertaining to the players' request for a temporary restraining order that would allow them to return to their teams while their case against the NFL proceeds.

With most teams opening the season Sunday, the judge has set deadlines of Thursday and Friday for various filings and responses in the matter, but did not say when she would rule.

The suspended players are Saints linebacker Jon Vilma, Saints defensive end Will Smith, Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita and free agent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove.

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