Jul 23, 2012 10:45 NFL asks court to dismiss Vilma’s motion NFL asks court to dismiss Vilma’s motion FILE - This July 28, 2011 file photo shows New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma answering questions during a news conference at the NFL football team's training facility, in Metairie, La. Vilma has been suspended without pay for the entire 2012 season by the NFL, one of four players punished for participating in a pay-for-pain bounty system. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's ruling was announced Wednesday, May 2, 2012 . (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File) The Associated Press| July 23, 2012 Comments NEW ORLEANS — The NFL asked a U.S. District Court judge on Friday to dismiss Jonathan Vilma’s motion seeking to have his season-long suspension overturned. The New Orleans Saints linebacker is scheduled to have a hearing Thursday. But the NFL wants the case dismissed because the collective bargaining agreement reached last August to end the lockout gives Commissioner Roger Goodell the authority to punish players for “conduct detrimental” to the NFL. Vilma and Saints coach Sean Payton have been suspended for the 2012 season for their roles in the bounty program the NFL saids went on for three seasons. The NFL also states that Vilma and three other players suspended refused to defend themselves during the appeals process. Saints defensive end Will Smith is suspended for four games, current Packers DE Anthony Hargrove got eight games, and current Browns linebacker Scott Fujita is out for three games. “By refusing to participate in the merits of the CBA appeal process ... the NFLPA and Mr. Vilma have failed to exhaust the dispute resolution procedures available to them,” the NFL’s motion said. “That failure requires dismissal of their actions.” Vilma also has filed a defamation lawsuit against Goodell.