The Nov. 20 bounty appeals hearing is expected to be the first of several that stretch beyond the NFL season, ESPN.com reported Sunday.
Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue will arbitrate the hearings of the four players appealing their suspensions from the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal.
Last week, Tagliabue denied a motion from the players' attorneys to recuse himself from the hearings. No ruling has been made on the motion.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Nov. 20 hearing is the first of several procedural dates in a due process forum that will last beyond the NFL season, meaning Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and defensive end Will Smith can continue to play.
Former Saints linebacker Scott Fujita (now with the Cleveland Browns) is on injured reserve. Defensive end Anthony Hargrove is not with a team.
The two sides will continue to discuss the upcoming appeals process. The players have requested that Tagliabue makes former Saints assistant coaches Gregg Williams and Mike Cerullo available as witnesses. Williams was suspended indefinitely by commissioner Roger Goodell. The coaches provided declarations that the league used as evidence to discipline the players.