Jonathan Vilma counsel anticipates calling six to eight witnesses at Thursday hearing

In a Wednesday morning filing, federal judge Helen Berrigan said that counsel for Jonathan Vilma anticipates calling six to eight witnesses to speak at Vilma's temporary restraining order hearing on Thursday. His attorneys also plan to introduce approximately 10 exhibits, as they attempt to demonstrate to Berrigan that Vilma will suffer irreparable harm if his yearlong NFL-imposed suspension is not set aside.

The league's attorneys do not intend to call any witnesses or exhibits, according to Berrigan.

New Orleans Saints interim Coach Joe Vitt said on Monday that he would appear to speak on Vilma's behalf. Saints head trainer Scottie Patton and Vilma, both of whom have submitted sworn affidavits in support of Vilma's motion, are also likely candidates to take the stand.

Drew Brees, who submitted an affidavit on Friday, said Monday that he does not plan to make an appearance.

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