The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- Three players fighting suspensions from the NFL's bounty investigation have told a federal judge they are comfortable with their representation by union lawyers and see no potential conflict of interest in the arrangement.

U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan this week expressed concern about failed settlement talks and said she was concerned about competing agendas and whether New Orleans defensive end Will Smith, Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita and free agent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove should have separate lawyers, rather than the same lawyers representing the NFL Players Association.

The NFLPA says it was willing to settle, but never got a single offer from the NFL.

The union also says it sees no conflict in representing the players, but will help them get their own attorneys if the court desires.

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