Special Master Stephen Burbank will hear the NFLPA's second grievance, filed on behalf of Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Anthony Hargrove and Scott Fujita, at 10am EST today at University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia.
The players association will argue that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell did not, in fact, have the right to suspend the four players because the bounty case alleges salary cap breaches and in that case, punishment should instead fall under the jurisdiction of Burbank.
The league, on the other hand, will maintain their defense that the behavior alleged in the bounty scandal was "Conduct Detrimental" and falls under the rules of the collective bargaining agreement.
Unfortunately, there's nothing really to get excited about just yet. No ruling is expected today. Sorry.
If you remember correctly, we are still waiting to hear a ruling from the NFLPA's first grievance, heard two weeks ago in front of arbitrator Shyam Das and arguing that Goodell isn't allowed to rule on alleged behavior that took place on the field. That could be coming very soon.