Senator calls off hearing on bounties

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A high-ranking senator is calling off a proposed hearing on bounties in professional sports because he is satisfied with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s response to the issue, including setting up an anonymous hotline.

Sen. Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, met with Goodell on Wednesday. The meeting came about three months after Durbin first said he wanted Congress to examine whether federal law should make it a crime to have a bounty system such as the one the NFL says the Saints ran from 2009-11.

SAINTS: Assistant head coach Joe Vitt says a piece of evidence recently made public in the NFL’s bounty investigation falsely portrays him pledging $5,000 for knocking then Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre out of the 2010 NFC title game.

In a statement issued by the Saints, Vitt said he has never pledged money for any type of performance incentives, let alone cash-for-hits.

FALCONS: Rookies are not the only Atlanta players going through their first minicamp this week.

This also is the first offseason program for such second-year players as receiver Julio Jones and running back Jacquizz Rodgers who had no minicamp or organized team activities last year because of the NFL lockout.

Jones, Rodgers and other second-year players are making up for lost time with lessons with their position coaches that began with OTAs in May.

VIKINGS: Percy Harvin was nowhere to be found at a mandatory minicamp practice Wednesday afternoon.

The unhappy receiver has requested a trade.

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