NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and lawyers for the NFL arrived at federal court Monday for a settlement conference in Vilma's lawsuit seeking to overturn his season-long suspension in the Saints bounty investigation.
Flanked by his attorneys as he headed into federal court, Vilma said he was" hoping we can get something accomplished."
The conference was closed to the public.
Vilma and Saints coach Sean Payton have been suspended for the 2012 season for their roles in a bounty program the NFL says targeted opposition players for three seasons.
Vilma wants a federal judge to overturn his suspension. He also has filed a defamation lawsuit against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.