NFL Players Union to appeal 3 Saints' suspensions

By Jeff Shepard - bio | email

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (AP) - The NFL Players Association plans to appeal a judge's ruling in the case of five players facing suspensions over positive drug tests.

The union filed its notice of appeal Wednesday with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The players association wants the appeals court to reconsider a judge's dismissal last week of a lawsuit filed by the union on behalf of Vikings defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams, and three New Orleans Saints, Charles Grant and Will Smith, plus Deuce McAllister, who was released after last season.

U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson last week threw out most claims by the Williamses and all claims involving the Saints.

This is the second appeal from that order. On Tuesday, the NFL filed notice in hopes of getting the remaining claims dismissed, too.

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