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Appeals likely to extend past season

Updated: November 11, 2012, 1:55 PM ET
By Chris Mortensen | ESPN

The New Orleans Saints' odds of digging out of an 0-4 hole were deep but the odds of trying to accomplish the task with linebacker Jonathan Vilma and defensive end Will Smith available the remainder of the season are significantly increasing.

While former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue has established the appeals hearing date as Nov. 20 for those players suspended by Roger Goodell in the Saints' alleged bounty program, that hearing is only the first of many procedural ...

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