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NFL: Saints appeal hearings expected this week


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An NFL spokesman says the league expects to hold hearings this week on appeals filed in connection with the investigation of the Saints' bounty system.

Greg Aiello says he cannot confirm who has appealed, citing league policies.

Head coach Sean Payton is appealing his season-long suspension, a person familiar with the situation has told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no one has announced his plans.

General manager Mickey Loomis is appealing his eight-game suspension, assistant head coach Joe Vitt is appealing his six-game suspension and the club is appealing its $500,000 fine and loss of second-round draft picks in 2012 and 2013.

The appeals will be heard by Commissioner Roger Goodell in New York.

ESPN reported Sunday Payton and Loomis would meet with the commissioner on Tuesday.

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