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Saints' Vilma, Smith attend Williams hearing

2 years ago November 30, 2012 Nov 30, 2012 Friday, November 30 2012 Friday, November 30, 2012 12:47:38 PM CST in Sports
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Saints defensive end Will Smith says he's glad he got a chance to hear former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams testify at an appeals hearing in the bounties case.

Smith and New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma attended Friday's session, where Williams was cross-examined by the players' lawyers for about four hours.

Smith described the hearing as "peaceful" and "not awkward."

Smith and Vilma - along with two former Saints, free-agent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove and Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita - were suspended by the NFL for the Saints' cash-for-hits program that the league says Williams ran from 2009 to 2011.

Smith, suspended four games, and Vilma, suspended for the current season, have been playing while their appeals are pending.

Smith says: "We know what we did and know what we didn't do."

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