by Aaron Wilson
July 24, 02013
The dispute between the New England Patriots and former defensive end Jonathan Fanene remains ongoing.
The Patriots are trying to recover a portion of Fanene's $3.85 million signing bonus after paying him $2.5 million of it last year.
A hearing was conducted Tuesday that included testimony from Fanene, Patriots coach Bill Belichick, team doctor Thomas Gill and Fanene's agent, Angelo Wright.
Now, it will head to an arbitrator.
When the Patriots cut Fanene after signing him to a three-year, $12 million contract last year, it was assigned a failure to disclose physical condition designation.
The Patriots have alleged that Fanene, who has an arthritic left knee, hid a prescription drugs dependency from them when he joined the team.
That includes Vicodin, according to court documents.
What happens next will be interesting to keep an eye on.
We're hearing from league sources that the NFL Players Association is closely scrutinizing this situation and keeping an eye on the conduct of the Patriots' medical staff, including Dr. Gill.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.